by Suzann Ledbetter

September 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-687-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Once again, Suzann Ledbetter has written a delightfully funny, wonderfully romantic mystery novel that has something for everyone. Following in the footsteps of her previous stories, this tale features some wonderfully eccentric seniors, a dynamic pair of star-crossed lovers, and a superbly crafted and believable plot.

When retired cop Paul Haggerty finally finds the woman of his dreams again, he’s not about to let her slip through his fingers. Jenna McArthur may be buried deep in a new identity, but he’s still nuts about her. As if that wasn’t complex enough, she’s surrounded by some wacky and wonderful characters, and a tragedy raises the suspicions that death, in this case, may not be from “natural causes”.

What ensues is an engrossing and lively look at these great characters as they dig for answers. One thing that always strikes me about Ms. Ledbetter’s writing is how splendidly she portrays senior citizens. They’re every bit as nutty, delightful, off-the-wall, and over the top as we could wish, yet beneath all the wigs and brownies, is a solid and wise core of life’s lessons, many learned the hard way.

This story is no exception, as Jenna’s mom Aggie gets every bit as detailed and loving a treatment as do Jenna and Paul. Of course, the youngsters are busy trying to figure out their complex affair, which only provides more fodder for Aggie’s acerbic tongue.

I highly recommend this story to anyone with a taste for laughter, love and a sparklingly tight plot. You can bet I’ll be In Hot Pursuit of Ms. Ledbetter’s next novel.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Celia.

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