The Second Wifeby Brenda Chapman
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Gwen Lake is a forty-five-year-old police officer with a desk job, an ex-husband and a future not even close to the American dream. A year after her divorce, and more out of boredom and curiosity than anything else, she agrees to a meeting with her ex's new wife. She has no idea that the encounter will lead to murder. And she has decidedly mixed emotions when her ex-husband is arrested for the crime. Instead of accepting the lead detective's advice to book a Club Med vacation and leave the investigation to the professionals, Gwen decides to work the case on her own. Her life is about to get a lot less predictable and a lot more dangerous.
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Brenda Chapman is the author of the murder mystery In Winter's Grip (2010), along with the successful Jennifer Bannon mystery series for young adults. She is a former special education teacher and currently works as a senior communications advisor for the federal government in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Thanks to Puget Sound Council for this review copy. Brenda has tried to get over the surprise and pain when her husband, Brian, left her for Marjory, a younger woman who was a temp in his office. Imagine her surprise when Marjory asks to meet, saying that she is afraid of Brian. Later Marjory’s body is found and Brian is arrested for murder. Brenda uses her position in the police department to search for clues to prove Brian’s innocence. This short (107 page) mystery will keep the reader guessing to the very end. It is part of Orca Book Publishers' Rapid Reads series for older readers. The books use low-level vocabulary which is perfectly suited for teens and adults who are struggling readers or those who are learning English.