Sheriff Cord Arbutten's wife is dead - an apparent suicide - but his grown son claims she was murdered by the Sheriff. Rand Arbutten, an attorney who hates his father, vows he's going to prove it. When it comes to light that she was killed with the Sheriff's old service revolver right in the middle of a nasty divorce, the Governor suggests that Cord think about stepping down. Suddenly, the Sheriff is faced with losing everything, including his freedom.
Investigative reporter Allie Grainger gets involved when her best friend Sheryl, a Sheriff's Deputy, begs her to help. Allie barely knows the Sheriff, but she knows that Sheryl greatly respects him and that her deceased aunt, who worked for him for over twenty years, believed he was an honorable man. That's enough for her. Repeated clashes with the Sheriff's son only make Allie more determined to discover the truth. Rand sets out to block Allie at every turn. When anger doesn't work, he turns on a charm that gets to Allie a lot more than she's willing to admit.
Sidney Finch, a Sheriff's Deputy who idolizes the Sheriff, doesn't use charm to impede her investigation. He uses naked threats. Allie has to ask herself who he's trying to protect - the Sheriff or himself? She isn't sure how far Sidney will go to stop her, but since he has a hair-trigger temper and carries a gun, she absolutely doesn't want to find out.
Then Rand Arbutten agrees to work with Allie instead of against her. She isn't sure of his motives but she'll take any help she can get. With her dead aunt whispering encouragement in her ear and Sheryl egging her on, Allie sets out to discover what really happened the day Jean Arbutten died.
|Publisher:||Crystal Dreams Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Fitzgerald has written another gripping page-turner of a mystery, a follow-up novel to her excellent LIVE Ringer. With a cast of characters so believably realistic they almost leap off the page, and a plot and story line that kept this reader up well into the witching hour, she has created a world I'd love to travel to -- and at least one character, Allie's best friend Sheryl the cop -- that I'd dearly love to meet. The author has an enviable talent of drawing her reader into her mysteries as if it was happening to them, and NOW, and not letting go until the tension-filled conclusion. I heartily look forward to more installments in her fine LIVE series!
Old friends - new crimes Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (2/12) I’ve read a couple of Lynda Fitzgerald’s books before, so I knew better than to start this one on a workday. Her books are best kept for a Friday or Saturday afternoon, but only if one is sure that one would not have to get up early the next morning. So I made sure everything was ready - the cat fed, the chores finished, my car parked in the backyard out of view, the shades pulled and a pitcher of iced tea brewed... “Live Ammo” is the second in the “Live” series, following “Live Ringer,” published a few years ago. It brings back quite a few of the characters, and does a great job of further developing them and making them even livelier. Allie Grainger is still dealing with the aftershocks of her divorce, and her best friend Sheryl still likes to enter her house unannounced, and possibly armed. Spook, the perennially scared dog Allie shares her life with, is still scared. Marc still loves Allie, and she is still not ready to make a real commitment. So things are pretty much the same, with the exception of land developers developing land right next to Allie's house, so maybe Allie's Florida would also turn into one of those scary “condolands.” The biggest news in town? The death of the sheriff’s wife, ruled a suicide, yet hotly contested by her son Rand. Rand is convinced that his mother was actually killed by his father, Sheriff Cord Arbutten. Since both men were at the scene within minutes of the fatal gunshot, there’s plenty of blame to go around. Allie gets involved after a plea from her best friend, Sheryl, who works for the Sheriff. Will she be able to uncover the truth or will her curiosity get her killed? Once again I had to admire Ms. Fitzgerald’s exquisite sense of place. Her description of Florida, even when it is simply implied, was downright astonishingly accurate, and reminded me so much of the Florida I’ve discovered during my many trips there in the past. Her characters were amazingly well fleshed out; the good ones had enough flaws to make them life-like and likeable, and the bad ones were revealed for the villains they truly were by skillfully peeling off their layers of deceit and pretense. I certainly met a few new favorites in this one, particularly Frenchie and Libby. Those gals kept surprising and delighting me, and I hope they will appear again in the future books in the series. The plot presented enough twist and turns (and detours) to keep the reader fully engaged, and it was interesting without being too farfetched to believe. Ms. Fitzgerald never disappoints, and “Live Ammo” was no exception to that rule. I’d highly recommend it to any lover of good contemporary fiction, and even more so to anybody who happens to love the old-fashioned Florida. For all we know, the next book in the series might have Allie’s house demolished for more condo development and Allie move away...
Lynda Fitzgerald's second book in the LIVE series, LIVE Ammo, picks up where the first book leaves off. Did the sheriff's wife commit suicide, or did the sheriff commit murder? Because Allie Grainger's beloved aunt, who speaks to her from the grave, loved the sheriff, Allie is inadvertently drawn into the investigation. I never tell the plot in a review, but this is a great did-he-or-didn't-he mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. Ms. Fitzgerald fills her book with unforgettable characters, most notably, her best friend, Sheryl. The story is a page-turner, the writing is first-rate, and you'll love the characters enough to read the first book in the series if you haven't, and if you have, you'll be eagerly awaiting the third in the series. Highly recommended.
This is the first one of her books I have read. Now I'm going to have to lay my hands on copies of the rest of her work. I hope some of the same characters show up again. I'm unhappy - I want more - the book ended too soon. Great characterizations and fast action. I was a little irritated. Not by the book - but by the fact that I didn't have much time and had to read a chapter or two when I had a few spare moments. Almost every chapter left me hanging and wanting to turn to the next chapter and my schedule prevented it for the most part. But when I got near the end, I couldn't put it down.