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Love, Honour, and O'Brien    by Jennifer Rowe order for
Love, Honour, and O'Brien
by Jennifer Rowe
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Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Life isn't going well for Holly Love. Arriving at her fiancÚ's house, she finds a note from him (with $40 attached) that he's gone and she is to forget him. That's rather tough to do, since he has cleaned out their joint bank account.

She is left with no food, no money and a flat with the rent in arrears. One turn leads to another and she ends up at a private investigator's flat. She finds him dead and his cockatoo screaming obscenities.

Two women, who also live in the building, succor her and one reads her future. Taking over the PI's persona, she ends up at a crumbling mansion, along with a crumbling woman in a wheelchair. She dreads that the man the woman accepted as her long-lost half brother (who turns out to be Holly's ex) might be dead and hidden in the mansion!

Confused? So was I. But what fun. The plot reveals others living in this wreck of a property who prove to be as loopy as the mistress of the house - for example, the chauffeur dresses as Elvis and drives a hearse for one.

Love, Honour, and O'Brien is a fun book with great humor. Taking place in Australia, the plot, while a little hard to follow at times, is tightly written and proves delightful, especially for a first-time novelist.

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