A Gillian Adams Mystery by Nora Kelly
Review: Hot Pursuit, the exceptional fifth mystery to feature Professor Gillian Adams, is marred only by the somewhat absurd made-for-Hollywood conclusion. Had author Nora Kelly ended the book some 30 pages earlier, it may have been one of the best mysteries of the year.
While the pacing of Hot Pursuit is rather slow and methodical, it's never dull or boring. Gillian's recollections of her friendship with Charlotte are both touching and relevant to the present. Charlotte's daughter Olivia, the stalker Kevin, and Gillian's lover Edward are all realistically depicted and believable. The individual tension experienced by these characters is unified by the oppressive heat of the London summer.
This literate, absorbing mystery makes an awkward, ill-conceived turn in its final pages that does little to add to the story and worse, damages the entire effort.
Despite its flawed climatic finale, Hot Pursuit is definitely worth reading.
Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of Hot Pursuit for this review.
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Hot Pursuit by Nora Kelly — A Gillian Adams Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: April 2002
List Price: $24.95