Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
or a debut novel, author Rachel Brady demonstrates that she has already mastered the skill of writing a mystery in
. Starting on almost the first page, action propels the reader on to the next page and the next and the next.
mily Locke lost her husband and four year-old daughter in an unbelievable accident. She has spent the previous four years slowly getting back her mental health and a regular life. Richard Cole, a former police detective, now a private PI, asks for her help in the recovery of a stolen child. He has chosen her because he suspects a Texas skydiving establishment is somehow involved in the traffic of stolen children. She balks at the assignment but can't turn down the chance to reunite a child with its rightful parents.
f you have never gone skydiving (as I haven't), you can learn a good deal about this popular sport. If you have already checked it off your life list of things to do while you're still breathing, then this book should feel comfortable and familiar to you.
owever, the mystery escalates daily as Emily delves deeper and deeper into the disappearance of a child named Casey. She feels a connection to Casey and the wound in her heart begins to heal. Emily's friend Jeannie is enough of a hoot to justify her space in this book and also maybe one of her own. She is backup for her friend and seems to be always there when Emily really needs her.
ll in all,
is a fun book, a fast read that wakes the reader up to the fact that there are people out there who do not wish us the best. For them, the bottom line is all important, no matter who gets hurt.
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