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She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body. The late Ruth Riordan is Aunt Madge's closest friend and mother to Michael, a former arrogant classmate who can still push all of Jolie's buttons. Jolie and Aunt Madge seem to be the only ones who think the police are wrong in accusing him of his mother's murder.
Soon, the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the ten-year high school reunion become mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone who wants her to repay her ex-husband's gambling debts, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian's social services work. And there's still Scoobie, the high school friend she hung out with most. With his blue jeans and longer hair, he's the antithesis of oil company executive Michael, and much easier to be with. His haunting poetry reflects how different his life has been since Jolie knew him.
Jolie must balance her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and friendship with Scoobie. Her growing list of other possible murder suspects includes Michael's soon-to-be-ex wife and a couple other beneficiaries of Mrs. Riordan's will. Those suspicions don't include Scoobie, but he makes it to the police department's list. Jolie tries various ways to prove both friends innocent. But will Pedone's plans leave Jolie alive to find the truth?
Posted December 11, 2012
Loved this first book in what I think will be a great series of Jolie fun. I have visited the Jersey shore dozens of times and the details of the town, the boardwalk and the small shops made me think fondly of my trips there. Great detail. Looking forward to seeing what trouble Jolie gets into in her next book.
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Posted January 4, 2013
This kickoff book starts the series with a bang, creating a terrific town and unique cast of characters. The setting almost becomes a character, and supplies plenty of threads for future development. Jolie is a flawed and fascinating heroine, with plenty of good reasons to nose around the mysterious happenings in Ocean Alley.
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