Monday, September 14, 2015

As Patient As Death - Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler

As Patient As Death
Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler, Feb 2 2015, $9.99
ISBN: 9781925191066

In Falcon’s Bend, Wisconsin, cop wives Lisa Shasta and Melody Vincent are horrified by the spousal neglect by their outward charming new neighbor workaholic Jerome Boca who never seems to be home in spite of his terminal ill wife Eva dying from cancer.   Unable to ignore Eva’s plight and disregarding her husband Peter’s warning to mind her business and spend her time nurturing their recently adopted baby; Lisa decides to be there for dying Eva.

As Lisa befriends Eva, she begins to find out more about the relationship between the cancer stricken wife and her husband.  Especially frightening Lisa is the fact that twice-widowed Jerome collected on life insurance policies when his previous terminally ill wives died.  While Peter insists this is not a FBPD matter, Lisa keeps digging when Lisa abruptly announces miraculously she is in remission.

The fifth Falcon’s Bend mystery (see Romantic Notions and The Fifteenth Letter) is a twisting (even more than San Francisco’s Lombard Street), tense amateur sleuth that contains a viable but stunning climax.  Extremely difficult to put down for even a moment, the captivated audience (and Lisa) will want to know what really is going on with the Boca couple. 

Harriet Klausner

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