Friday, May 14, 2010

Revenge Served Cold Review

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. Terrified for her future, Kathy turns to amateur sleuth Anne Marshall for help. Anne, with the help of her dearly departed father's ghost, uncovers proof of a conspiracy that reaches from Kathy's past and threatens her own life.

My Take:
This is a fun, quick read. It is reminiscent of Mary Higgins Clark but with more humor and less disturbing mental images. The protagonist is Anne Marshall, a court reporter, who is in the perfect relationship with the perfect man, and has been for 15 years (and they aren't married because....?) and she sees and communicates with her father's ghost which is an interesting and fun twist.

The story and approach is fun, if unbelievable. Not the talking to a ghost part. The fact that a court reporter would be so unaware of the laws that she would gather information and evidence at the risk of becoming a witness against the accused (who talks to her which is WAY against legal advice and turning state's witness). Or even that the prosecutor might be concerned about the guilt or innocence of the accused rather than doing the job he is hired to do. Not to mention the many laws she breaks in order to gather the evidence, making it inadmissible in court.

In the legal sense, the story is definitely a work of fiction. On the other hand, I had no problem putting it down and picking it up again while following the story strands. Perfect beach book that leaves you feeling pretty good.


Julie P said...

Thank you for sharing! I think I will add this to my TBR list.

jewelknits said...

thanks for the review! I have this on my shelf as we speak and this review makes me look forward to it even more

Juju at Tales of said...

Thanks for the review :) I've been wondering about this one.