Review: Though planning her upcoming nuptials, mystery writer and amateur sleuth Margorie McClelland takes time to help a woman find her missing husband and child in Shadow Waltz, the third mystery in this series by Amy Patricia Meade.
The young women is Elizabeth Barnswell who, after reading about Marjorie's success in helping the police solve recent homicides, comes to her door and pleads for her help. She has been to the police but since her husband, Michael, and infant son have only been gone for a few days, the police are reluctant to help. Marjorie and her fiancé Creighton agree to help her. Elizabeth gives Marjorie a key and a slip of paper with an address on it to get them started. They find the house and they also find a mutilated woman's body. Detective Robert Jameson, Marjorie's ex-fiancé, and his partner have also been drawn to the crime and have begun an investigation. The competition begins again for Marjorie and Robert: Who will identify the body first and who will apprehend the murderer?
The police, of course, have systematic methods of deduction, but Marjorie has her gifted insight. When the dead woman is identified as Michael's lover, the police waste no time in locating him and arresting him for her murder. Marjorie's intuition, however, tells her to look further. There's more to this than meets the eye.
Shadow Waltz serves up a reasonably complicated romantic murder mystery yet is easy to read. It's also somewhat comedic offering plenty of laughs. It would be a perfect book to enjoy while on vacation this summer, even if "vacation" is just a few hours relaxing in the backyard.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Shadow Waltz.
Acknowledgment: Midnight Ink provided a copy of Shadow Waltz for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Shadow Waltz: Connecticut
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Shadow Waltz by Amy Patricia Meade — A Marjorie McClelland Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: May 2008
List Price: $13.95