A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery

A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery

A romp of a publishing mystery that introduces Jo Donovan, literary agent-cum-detective, that will delight fans of Janet Evanovich, Lisa Lutz, Alan Bradley, and ABC's Castle Jo Donovan always manages to come out on top. From the backwoods of Appalachia, she forged a hard path to life among the literati in New York City. At thirty-five, she’s the widow of the renowned author Hu...

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Title:A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery
Author:Barbara Rogan
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A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery Reviews

  • Kelly

    Barbara Rogan showed me an entirely different life in this book. The life of a writer and publisher. I found it so interesting that I read very late at night to capture every sense of Jo Donovan who makes the people around her feel like she is in control even though she questions every aspect of her life even to the very end. I enjoyed the book very much.

  • Kimberly

    The book kept me guessing until the end when the final twist is revealed. Part of what I enjoyed about the book was the idea of story and how we create our own story often because we are afraid to face what really happened. The protagonist is the young widow of a well-known author. She owns one of the top literary agencies in New York. She believes that she had the perfect marriage. She refuses to listen to anything that conflicts with the story of her marriage that she has convinced herself is

    The book kept me guessing until the end when the final twist is revealed. Part of what I enjoyed about the book was the idea of story and how we create our own story often because we are afraid to face what really happened. The protagonist is the young widow of a well-known author. She owns one of the top literary agencies in New York. She believes that she had the perfect marriage. She refuses to listen to anything that conflicts with the story of her marriage that she has convinced herself is true. Ultimately her inability to critically examine her past puts her in the path of a murderer bent on revenge.

    A want-to-be writer begins stalking Jo Donovan after his manuscript is rejected by her literary agency. Her world begins to rapidly fall apart after various actions threaten her agency and people close to her are murdered. A couple of her clients offer help. One of them, a former FBI profiler turned writer, encourages her to go to the police. The NYPD detective assigned to the case turns out to be her former boyfriend who has a very different perspective of their relationship and how it ended. Everyone is a suspect at some point as the police try to find Jo’s stalker and the murderer (are they one and the same?) before the murderer strikes again.

    Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

  • Lynne Perednia

    Jo Donovan, widowed young and taking over a literary agency from her mentor, has made a good life. She's terrific at what she does, and doesn't see many changes on the horizon. One night, she is accosted by a wanna-be author whose manuscript Jo's agency turned down. Soon, there are attacks against her business and even her clients. Suspicions are cast among the people at the agency and the police even wonder if Jo didn't have too much to gain when the attacks turn deadly.

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    Jo Donovan, widowed young and taking over a literary agency from her mentor, has made a good life. She's terrific at what she does, and doesn't see many changes on the horizon. One night, she is accosted by a wanna-be author whose manuscript Jo's agency turned down. Soon, there are attacks against her business and even her clients. Suspicions are cast among the people at the agency and the police even wonder if Jo didn't have too much to gain when the attacks turn deadly.

    In Barbara Rogan's smashing new thriller, Jo will have to look clearly at her colleagues, herself and her past if she's going to see it through.

    Every aspect of A DANGEROUS FICTION works together and works so wonderfully well. Rogan's experience as a literary agent provides a fascinating look at how the business works. The hopes and dreams of writers are balanced against the realities of publishing. The personal life of the widow of a literary giant such as Jo and her pursuit by a biographer are played against each other well, and serve the story's marvelously realized journey of its protagonist. Anyone interested in a picture of how publishing works will be fascinated by the inner workings. As someone who once read unsolicited manuscripts for a mystery house, I can certainly attest to the quality of so many submissions in the scenes addressing this. Rogan's love of good books also shines through.

    Jo is an interesting character who came up from nothing the hard way. That she didn't let her austere, loveless upbringing warp her is part of the reason the entire novel works so well. She is strong but not perfect (and the explanation of a "Mary Sue" character created by a fictional writer shows just how well Jo is developed). Her colleagues and writers are fascinating to watch. There are easily more heroes than suspects, and to have a strongly written novel in which so many characters are shown to be good-hearted is a pleasure to read.

    And, while it may not be the most important part of the story to many, setting is strongly evoked throughout the novel. The bustle of Manhattan, the glory of a farmhouse, the entrancing Santa Fe are all portrayed in their best light. It's a treat to read a story in which it's so easy to picture the characters where they are.

    Just make certain you have time set aside when you start A DANGEROUS FICTION because this fast-paced novel is the kind you don't want to put down until the last page is read.

  • Lauren

    I loved everything about "A Dangerous Fiction": the strong female protagonist, the publishing house setting, the secrets and intrigue - even the cover! Barbara Rogan crafts an excellent, malicious mystery and I'm hoping we see more in this series!

  • Stacy

    This was a very fun book! A different setting, and full of twists and turns. I recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries, or is a writer. Like the main character, the story seemed a bit shallow at first, but keep reading, and it reveals a bit more complexity than initially expected. I hope there will be more about Jo Donovan and her literary agency. Full disclosure, I received an advance copy of this book from Goodreads FirstReads.

  • Brandi Larsen

    I loved this book! It's really an incredible read. The characters are interesting and evocative, and I loved the setting. She kept me guessing until the final reveal. (She also kept me turning pages way past my bedtime.)

    My favorite part of Rogan's writing was the way she used structure and pov. Both widen as the narrative progresses. It's a brilliant move that made me love the book even more as I continued to read it.

    Is it too soon to say that I can't wait for the next one?

  • Briana Alzola

    Good twist and interesting subject matter.

  • Julie

    Literary agent Jo Donovan is in charge of a highly successful agency representing some great talent. Widow of a talented and well-regarded author, Hugo Donovan, Jo has made a name for herself and is much sought after. But when a would-be author begins stalking her, insisting she must read his manuscript and take him on as a client, things start to go wrong. Soon, her clients are attacked, and Jo is reunited with an old flame who is now a police detective in charge of her case.

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    Literary agent Jo Donovan is in charge of a highly successful agency representing some great talent. Widow of a talented and well-regarded author, Hugo Donovan, Jo has made a name for herself and is much sought after. But when a would-be author begins stalking her, insisting she must read his manuscript and take him on as a client, things start to go wrong. Soon, her clients are attacked, and Jo is reunited with an old flame who is now a police detective in charge of her case.

    A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan is a mystery that encompasses the world of publishing. Rogan brings us into the everyday happenings of a literary agency, the roles people play in choosing and promoting books and authors, and the dangers that arise when authors are rejected. The mystery was well-done, keeping me turning pages from beginning to end, and not giving away the truth until it was finally revealed.

    As much as this is a page-turner, I found it a bit of a slow read ~ for a good reason. The writing style was wonderful. I found I wanted to linger over every word and sentence, rather than reading quickly as I tend to do with mysteries. Here's an example from the preface:

    "He smiled as one does at an oft-heard joke. I looked at him properly for the first time. The boyishness was gone, but the lines around his eyes and mouth suited him, lending gravitas to his face. His eyes were green, but a darker, warier shade than I remembered, rain forest instead of meadow. I wondered if he'd ever married. His ring finger was bare, which meant nothing. Hugo and I exchanged rings when we married, but Hugo never wore his. It chafed him when he wrote, he'd said."

    The characters in A Dangerous Fiction are well-drawn, although we definitely get to know Jo more than others. I still felt the other characters with whom she works and interacts were quite realistic. And it was fun to get a glimpse into a literary agency. While there is some violence ~ it's a murder mystery, after all ~ this is more of a cozy mystery than the more harsh thrillers I sometimes read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries, especially those interested in publishing.

  • Maddy

    PROTAGONIST: Jo Donovan, literary agency owner

    RATING: 4.0

    WHY: Jo Donovan lived a hardscrabble life until she married renowned author Hugo Donovan. She has great skill at offering literary advice which improves his work. She works as a partner at a literary agency and becomes the owner when Molly, the founder, retires. Jo is devastated when Hugh dies after 10 years of marriage, believing their union to be near perfect. Soon thereafter, Jo becomes the target of someone who is bent on d

    PROTAGONIST: Jo Donovan, literary agency owner

    RATING: 4.0

    WHY: Jo Donovan lived a hardscrabble life until she married renowned author Hugo Donovan. She has great skill at offering literary advice which improves his work. She works as a partner at a literary agency and becomes the owner when Molly, the founder, retires. Jo is devastated when Hugh dies after 10 years of marriage, believing their union to be near perfect. Soon thereafter, Jo becomes the target of someone who is bent on destroying her and the agency. The prime suspect is a man whose manuscript was rejected. Jo is threatened, and her agency almost destroyed by a massive bad press barrage. It becomes even more serious when Jo's best client is murdered, and her closest friend killed. There were a lot of red herrings, but I, being an astute detective guessed the villain early on. The writing was quite good, and I learned a lot of interesting things about the publishing industry. Only the conclusion flagged.

  • Katherine Clark

    What a shame. I feel as though it has been weeks since I read a good book. Oh well.

    In this book, I found the protagonist annoying--she is incredibly beautiful and incredibly talented, and wealthy and beloved--wow! But she has had a tough life. Oh dear God. Anyway, I guessed the murderer really early, and while I liked the growth of the protagonist (well done) it just wasn't enough. I don't understand why the book was so well-blurbed. REally? Well, I don't need to read any others by Rogan.

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