By: Angela Gerst
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publishing Date: September 2011
Reviewed by: Mary Lignor
Review Date: September 3, 2011
Susan Callisto has traded in her financial security at a law firm in Boston, where she specialized in real estate law, to become a political consultant for ordinary folks who are seeking city offices. She doesn't make a lot of money as she did in the big city but, in the town of Waltham she seems to have found her niche. She loves her new life as there is not a lot of stress and she can come to work in jeans and T's and sandals instead of 4-inch heels and suits. Sadly, her boyfriend, Detective Lt. Michael Benedict, whom she was beginning to see as a potential husband, dumps her without so much as a "so long, it's been good to know you." So, Susan piles on the work and trys to forget him.
When local businessman, Charles Renfrow, offers her an enormously huge retainer ($20,000) to advise him on his political campaign to become Mayor, Susan is just a little suspicious. It seems that the present Mayor is working to kick Renfrow's business out of the town and Renfrow believes that if he runs for Mayor and wins, he will be able to do business without interference. Now, why would a scientist who claims to have discovered "the fountain of youth" want to be mayor of a small Massachusetts town? Susan is beginning to find out through a network of very interesting secrets including biohazards connected with Renfrow's biotech company. On her way to confront him, Susan instead finds the body of his beautiful assistant in the parking lot of the company. Michael reenters Susan's life as he is assigned to the case.
When Michael's suspicions settle on Robbie Baird, another of Susan's clients, she pushes her way into the investigation. She hopes that she can prove Michael wrong as she really likes Robbie. Susan soon finds that she is laying her own life on the line as she discovers more and more secrets and lies being told to her by her closests friends. As the bodies start piling up readers will be astounded at the plotting of this book. A wonderful job of characterization for this new author.
You've heard all the old "Sex, Lies and Videotape" stuff before and this book is a prime example of how politicians, lawyers and even friends can mess you up when their lives and occupations are interfered with.
Quill Says: Pick this one up and enjoy. There are so many different viewpoints in this book you will have to pay close attention or you could lose the story. Readers who love a good puzzle will love this. The ending is fabulous and this could easily become a one-day read.