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Posted November 15, 2004
An original, heart-racing mystery!
When local society matron Jania Yewbanks dies of ¿natural causes,¿ her sister contracts the services of Brom Investigations to look into the case and prove that Jania¿s husband, Ted, murdered her. Hannah Clare, widow of Brom¿s ex-partner, cannot settle to be the adoring granny. A sharp mind with a taste for danger, she needs work and action. Knowing her for twenty-four years and seeing her so eager to get back to work, Brom brings her into the case. Ted Yewbanks, now widowed and living alone, needs a housekeeper, and what better person than Hannah to take the job? Then in the mid of her investigations Brom dies for no apparent reasons. Stunned, Hannah realizes his death resembles that of Jania¿s. Something strange and evil is working its way into this small community. During the last few months there have been other unexplained, naturally caused deaths and this fact hasn¿t escaped Hannah¿s sharp eyes. Are they all murders? Soon a pattern begins to emerge, and an innocuous-looking gift advertising ad in a woman¿s magazine seems to be at the heart of these demises. The characterization in this mystery really stands out. The minor characters are as complex, interesting, and carefully drawn as the main ones. With an excellent understanding of human behavior and motivations, this author has succeeded in creating a deftly crafted, classic suspenseful mystery that will keep you submerged from beginning to end. The climax made my heart race. Hannah is certainly a character with her no-nonsense, practical, tough yet sensitive and compassionate approach to life and I look forward to reading more of her future adventures in the second book for these series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.