Friday, April 6, 2012
Review: The Enemy We Know: A Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery
The Enemy We Know: A Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery by Donna White Glaser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Details: Genre: Cozy Mystery, a Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mystery Reading age: Adult
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets. Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty's deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and threatening to expose her to the state licensing board.
And then--good news--Wayne is murdered. The bad news? The police suspect Letty. Worse yet, the sonnets and bloody souvenirs keep coming. Someone else has been watching Letty. Someone eager to drop bodies at her feet like a cat offering dead mole trophies to his mistress.
Someone willing to kill again.
My Thoughts: First off, my sincere apologies for the author for taking so very long to get to this book. It has been on my “to be reviewed” shelf since last year in July. Mea culpa!
This is a really good mystery – while there may have been hints and allegations, I had no idea who the culprit was. Well, I should say, I had no good idea who the culprit was - I had wild guesses based upon who was the least likely suspect, basically. And wouldn’t you know, I came close to figuring it out? I had considered a specific person, and then discarded that suspect in favor of another. Oh, well – the red herrings just kept coming, and that’s great.
I was rather surprised at the ending, after the denouement – it was rather noirish for something that is considered to be a cozy. Or maybe I don’t really understand that a cozy mystery is, although I thought I did. At any rate, I don’t want to give any spoilers, so that’s all I’ll say about it; just that it wasn’t what I expected. Fans of mysteries should enjoy this debut novel, check it out.
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