where I got my copy: Cadence Group
where to buy: BN, Amazon
Kathy Spence awakens in the middle of the night and finds herself in a living nightmare. Her husband has been run down and she is the primary suspect. With an eyewitness to the crime and proof that her car was the murder weapon, it appears to be an open and shut case. Terrified for her future, Kathy turns to amateur sleuth Anne Marshall for help. Believing in Kathy s innocence, Anne launches her own investigation, uncovering proof of a conspiracy that reaches from Kathy s past and threatens her own life. In a race against time, Anne must count on her close friends and even the ghost of her father to help her bring a killer to justice before it s too late.
Professor Elliott Spence is a professor of law at their local university. Married to her college sweetheart Kathy. They are still as in love with each other since they started 15 years ago. The only piece that is missing in their relationship is a baby. Something that Kathy knows they'll never have, something that she did 15 years ago that is eating her up inside. This fueled the depression that she is having. The one day she told herself that she will try hard not to think about it anymore, Elliott and her needs a fresh start, and so the next day she decided that she will call one of her friends and see if she can be of any help at her school. This potentially positive day had turn into a nightmare. Ross, Kathy's ex-boyfriend and Elliott's ex-best friend who made it clear that he hated his best friend's betrayal and his ex-girlfriend infidelity when he walked out on them 15 years ago decided to show up at their doorstep with the assumption that Kathy is not happy with Elliott. After a mild altercation and with Ross totally humiliating himself. He left with the ghost of the same hatred and rejection he endured those many years ago but this time instead of staying away he vowed retribution. He then called their other friend Alice, Kathy's college best friend who was in love with Ross since then, she then told Ross of Kathy's secret that involves all four of them. When Kathy woke up from a drunk stupor due to a nasty hand delivered package, she was faced to face with the police delivering a news of her husband's death and guess it was not an ordinary hit and run, it was murder and all evidence was direct to her. But it so happens that Anne Marshall is going to help her clear her name.
Anne Marshall is a law student, amateur detective with lots of interesting friends. She was also Professor Spence's student. Known for sticking her nose where it shouldn't have been, she was soon sucked in kathy Spence's case. There is a help that I was not expecting to be there. A ghost of her dead father, guiding her, assisting her on what questions to ask, where to find people, etc... I was really surprise that there is somewhat a supernatural element involve. It was an added bonus to this unputdownable book. While the mystery of who killed Elliott is not that hard to guess, the characters and how the story ran smoothly was worth the read. Anne is a very likable. The secondary characters which are her friends, boyfriend and dad compliments her character. Is this a series? Because I definitely would love to read more of Anne Marshall's sleuthing adventure with her cohorts.