Monday, May 31, 2010
"If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" Shakespeare
Jackie Fullerton's "Revenge Served Cold," opens Elliott Spruce leaving a restaurant and being run down by a car and killed.
Elliott's wife, Kathy has been drinking recently. Before she fell in love with Elliott, she was romantically involved with his friend Ross Craig. She became pregnant with Ross' child and she terminated the pregnancy. Medical complications resulted and her drinking is due to that.
Soon after Elliott's death, Kathy is awakened and, eventually accused of running down her husband while drunk.
Ross sees her drinking and thinks it is that she is sorry she isn't back with him. He appears at her door confident Kathy really wants him. When she orders him out, he is furious. She tells him that he has ruined her life.
When Ross calls Kathy's old college roommate, Alice, she tells him about Kathy's aborting his child. Now Ross wants to make Kathy suffer and Alice really wants Ross.
The police think that they have their suspect so they don't have to look any further. However, Kathy's friends don't believe that she is guilty.
Anne Marshall is a court reporter and law student. She is also an amateur sleuth. Her father, a respected attorney, died of a heart attack two years ago. Now, he returns, as a pipe smelling spirit, to help Anne with her investigation. Other authors, notably Charles Todd, have used a spirit to question and assist the investigator but it is still enjoyable.
Anne is in a study group who helps in the investigation. We have a homicide detective, an accountant and apart from the study group is Ann's boyfriend, an assistant district attorney.
Anne is the star of the novel and reminds me of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. She's gutsy, intelligent, persistent and a delight to read.
Since the reader knows that Kathy is not guilty, there are only two possibilities, Ross, Alice or both of them. Fullerton does a good job of keeping the reader guessing. A fun read and perfect for the summer vacation.