Sunday, June 26, 2011

No Rest for the Dead

Was Christopher Thomas killed by his wife or was her execution an unwarranted death?


Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will be publishing this book in July.  I was lucky enough to get an egalley for review (thank you).  


This story is the collaboration of twenty-six authors writing a single story.  Each chapter has the author identified.  I knew the majority of the authors but was still surprised by how well this worked and how their voices sounded different when read in tandem with many others.


This is a fascinating story.  I'm not sure which author chose to make this a devious mystery (maybe all of them?), but it's a wicked story.


Christopher's body was found in an iron maiden, putrefied.  Just a his belt, a piece of tooth, and his little finger remained to prove it was him.  There is evidence that points the murderer out as his wife, and she is sentenced to death.


Ten years after her death, there is a reunion of all the people who were there at the museum the night he died.  Her will instructed it, and everyone comes because they don't want anyone to think they are feeling guilty about anything.  It's like opening Pandora's box:  Rosemary has left a letter to be read aloud.  


The letter stirs action and the cop who watched her die is still convinced (after the fact) that Rosemary was innocent but framed.  He watches the people fray and goes after the loose ends.


There is a very ironic ending.  Justice does prevail in the end. But it's a real exciting ride along the way!  Why not get yourself a copy next month and see what I mean?


Happy reading.

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