THE SECRET POOL
by Flora Kidd

July 2003
ISBN: 1-58608-369-4
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Judi, a young widow with a son to raise, takes over her late husband’s Real Estate business and tries to make a success of it.


She gets what looks like a really good chance to sell an isolated mansion belonging to a thrice divorced woman, but when she gets there she finds no one about. Looking for the owner, Judi finds her lifeless on the bed…


A fairly gripping start to this story. Judi gets embroiled in a murder mystery that she could do without. She meets Brad, who was a hockey player, like her husband had been. She is instantly attracted to this man but senses that there is more to him than he lets on.


Brad is quite a hunk, enough to get the pulses racing. Easy to see why Judi is attracted to him.


There are a lot of mysteries and plots in this tale and they flow along very well. Flora Kidd handles the characters with a sure hand. She is a clever author as she sets her scenes well and as a reader you can feel the tension rising as the various plotlines unfold.


There are a lot of characters in this story and it takes a while to get used to them and sort out who is who and where they fit into the plot, but once you memorise them, you remember them well as they all are well thought out.


Some good phrasing and one-liners are used. Judi tends to mutter offbeat expressions to herself when she is driving and they are quite amusing.


The story is very much a romantic suspense story and the suspense is the main part of the story. Not enough romance in it really. Took too long for Brad and Judi to connect and even longer for them to get together. Despite that this is still a very good story; the slowness of the romance is my main complaint!


Reviewed in August 2003 by Mary.

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