Saturday, May 9, 2015
Dead Rapunzel by Victoria Houston
She's thrilled. She has managed to acquire a few Georgia O'Keefe pieces for her new museum she will be building. She calls her friend and leaves a message, walks out of the restaurant to cross the street when it's clear, and someone pushes her in front of a loaded log truck coming through town. It's icy and cold and there's no way the truck driver can stop. She won't be worrying about anything any more.
Tyrus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It was published May 1st, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.
I hadn't read anything by Ms. Houston before but she's a very good author. The book is not overly long but there's lots of detail and a very bad person at the core of this mystery. At one point I sat there with my mouth open because I couldn't believe what had just happened!
Lew is the police chief in town and her boyfriend, the retired dentist, is unofficially her partner on her cases. She believes the truck driver when he says the woman was pushed. Especially since there was a witness to an old man running in the area at the time of the accident. And it gets even more certain it was foul play when the witness is found dead.
Most of the stepchildren hated their new stepmom so no one was sad when she died. However, they soon got sad when they found out she had left all their father's money in a trust for the museum he wanted to build. Even with her gone, there wasn't the money they thought they'd get. It seemed those so rabid about the money could have been the killer but it was more complicated than that.
It reads fast and has lots of action. I like the main characters and how they love each other, and some of the folks who live in the community are a bit crazy, but they're fun to read about. All in all, it was a very good mystery and I really like the ending. Justice was served by the Man above. It seemed fitting.