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For Every Action: There Are Consequences

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    tale is intriguing and twisting all the way to the end...

    Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite

    This is a great story about health policies and an insurance adjuster who investigates the people who submit claims. The story is not new, but the twists shown by Gail take a refreshing point of view. The tale is well-presented and the writing is easy to follow. I would have to say it is pleasantly done, clean, and intriguing.

    This book relates the story of Pepper Bibeau, a war veteran turned insurance adjuster. She has seen first hand what war can do to young men¿s lives and has dealt with her own war scars. She is sent to Chicago to investigate a possible fraud involving a doctor and the policy of a family he has treated. Pepper also needs to look into the background of the Tuarence couple. It is a case where the woman was killed by her husband and drugs may have played a big role.

    Pretty soon, she is in the middle of a murder case in which her best friend died, that could have been Pepper. This case brings with it a great looking Police officer, who was close to the victim. After a week in Chicago she is no closer to her decision on the two policy cases she was sent to fix, nor the murderer of her friend. What she does have is a great headache and bruises that must count for something, but she doesn¿t know what.

    The tale is intriguing and twisting all the way to the end. This is a very nice story for adult lovers of murder mysteries and intricate plots. I enjoyed the reading and presentation of this book. It has a few misspellings and misused words.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Fantastic new mystery series

    If reading a book set in the past gives you pause (as it sometimes does me), don¿t let it. Gail Baugniet¿s mystery, set in Chicago just prior to the 1968 Democratic Convention, is a fantastic book. Everything you want in a mystery--an engaging lead character, a palpable sense of place, a plot that keeps you guessing until the end, and superb, original writing--is here.

    The book¿s protagonist, Pepper Bibeau, an insurance investigator based in Wisconsin, is a sympathetic yet complex character. And a private one. You like her instantly, but you must peel the layers of her character until you slowly get to know her better--which makes her all the more real, and definitely a character you want to read more about.

    As in the best of mysteries, several plot threads run through this story--threads so different that you can¿t imagine how they¿re connected--but the threads meet at the end in a brilliant conclusion. I can¿t recommend this book enough to lovers of mysteries, suspense, and detective stories--and I can hardly wait for the next Pepper Bibeau book!

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    I hope this is the beginning of a series...

    I love books set in Chicago and this one is no exception. Gail M. Baugniet describes a city quite different that the one I am familiar with, but just similar enough to keep me on my toes.
    Set in 1968, For Every Action There Are Consequences tells the story of Pepper Bibeau. The former Army nurse has returned from Vietnam and is working as an insurance investigator. Questions in a case take Pepper away from her Wisconsin office and into the city of Chicago, days before the Democratic Convention. The city is ill at ease, as are the people Pepper encounters. When her friend Ursula is murdered while wearing Pepper's coat, questions are raised about the real intended victim. Investigations twist together, bringing Pepper into contact with Detective Tobias "Toby" Robertson. Toby knew Ursula and is determined to discover her killer.
    Reading about Chicago in 1968 was fun. When Baugniet describes the Janet Joplin concert at the Auditorium Theater, I was excited. I had both my college graduation ceremonies there! Even more fascinating are the descriptions of police work in the late 1960s. Reading about the dispatch area of the police department made me appreciate technology even more than I already do!
    The book is laid back. That's the best way I can think to describe it. It's the polar opposite of a James Patterson novel. That's not to say there is anything lacking in For Every Action There Are Consequences, it simply has a different feel. The easy-going pace of the story goes with the slow-paced life before technology took over.
    According to Baugniet's website, there is another Pepper Bibeau novel in the works. I can't wait to read it. I hope Toby is involved because I think they could work well together!

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    1968 was a very good year

    Mainly because it's the year I was born, but now also because of Pepper. The author has managed to do something really interesting - capture the feel of an era, write a multi-layered murder/mystery and make it all seem fresh. I'm really taken by Pepper and these new detective stories. Definitely add this series to your list!

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Full of Twists and Turns Keeping you Guessing!

    For Every Action There Are Consequences - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts


    'Back in my office, I set Jed's report aside and turned my attention to the witness statements. Neighbors had reported loud noises and shouts coming from the only bungalow in the cul-de-sac. According to a neighbor two houses down, everyone knew about the constant arguing. One statement quoted a woman at the top of the cul-de-sac as saying, "Liticia Tuarence often accused her husband of passing judgment on her. I saw the police arrive more than once when things got out of hand. We went out of our way to ignore the squabbles. This time was different, lots of banging and profanity." I reread the remark about "passing judgment" and wondered if the woman had chosen the phrase herself or is she'd only repeated Liticia's words. According to Jed, Wes Tuarence admitted he'd stabbed his wife multiple times though he offered no explanation for his actions and refused to make any further comment. The snapshots stapled to the file told me far more about the man than any written statement ever could. White borders around the photos drew my attention to the gruesome details of each knife wound, giving me a measure of the hatred this man must have harbored.'

    Pepper Bibeau is an insurance investigator for Early Settlers Insurance Company. Her boss "Sully" Sullivan has just assigned her to not one but two cases that will take her to Chicago to hopefully solve. The first case is a claim filed by a Doctor Patel who has filed claims for five members of the same family. Due to the heredity of the children's illness, sickle cell anemia, the probability was that the claim was correct. But due to the lack of blood and other lab work, it became Pepper's job to check out the claim.

    Her second assignment in Chicago came in the form of a favor to Sully. There had been an insurance policy taken out on Liticia that listed her husband as beneficiary and an orphanage as second in line. Sully's hopes were that Pepper could turn up something, anything, that would help to convict Wes Tuarence of murder and not allow him to claim the proceeds. Sully personally wanted to see it go to the orphanage.

    What should have been two simple cases taking just a few days to research ended up taking Pepper into the next week and almost getting her killed. But which case was the real threat? Were the insurance claims legitimate or was the doctor faking claims? Were Liticia and Wes Tuarence in over their heads in something illegal that caused them to flee Chicago or are they victims of the circumstances?

    As the number of deaths increased, my list of suspects declined. At one point I really suspected it might be one of the "good guys" gone bad. Actually, I had that suspicion until the end. Was I right? You'll have to read the book for yourself to find out.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    A Great Read!

    Pepper Bibeau is an insurance investigator who unwittingly gets wrapped up in a murder mystery. This book is set in the sixties, before cell phones and computers took over our existence. Pepper has to do things the old fashioned way - by speaking to people in person and being available for landline phone calls. References are made to the political and social issues of the late sixties but not to the point where younger readers unfamiliar with the era would have difficulty understanding things.

    We're introduced to many characters who initially don't seem to be connected. Also, there are various subplots woven through the entire story. Initially, I found the plotlines a little difficult to follow. But eventually it all comes together in a well-crafted, tangled mystery.

    For Every Action is the first in a planned Pepper Bibeau series. I'm looking forward to the next one!

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