"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, May 20, 2010

REVENGE SERVED COLD by Jackie Fullerton

Kathy Spence has been extremely depressed, due to an  botched abortion in college she is unable to conceive a baby with her husband, the love of her life, and she finds comfort in a bottle or two of wine nightly.  She almost  drinks herself into a coma after receiving a distressing anonymous package, when she is awakened in the middle of the night by the police who inform her that her beloved husband as been killed by a hit-and run. An eye witness and damage to her vehicle make her the number one suspect.

Terrified, she calls her friend Shirley, who works with Anna Marshall, an amateur sleuth. Shirley asks Anne to help prove that her friend Kathy did not kill her husband.  The police think they have an open and shut case, so they are not even investigating, so Anne, her friends, and the ghost of Anne's father waste no time trying to find the real killer.

I may be in the minority here, but I really didn't like this book.  To start with I didn't know that this was the second book in a series.  The first book in the series was called Piercing The Veil by in this book, connecting the characters, and explaining the ghost, that I really felt lost at times.

Also "the bad guys" are revealed almost at the start of the book, so there really is no mystery, it is more about Anne rehashing things with her friends and keeping things from the police, the police are made to look like bumbling idiots, when Anne feeds them another elementary clue.  The only suspense was near the end of the book, when Anne refuses to listen to her friends and gets caught in the murderers hotel room and is driven off into the woods and chased by the murderer. 

The thing I liked best about the book was the ghost, Anne's father, who only she could see and hear, but he smoked a pipe and everyone could smell the tobacco.  It added a little humor to the story, things he could do were pretty far-fetched, but it did show the great bond between a father and a daughter.

You may enjoy this story but be sure to read Piercing The Veil first.  If we all liked the same thing life would be pretty boring, this story just didn't suit me.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Cadence Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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