reviewed by fran lewis,
This review is from: A Murderer Among Us (Kindle Edition)
Twin Lakes will never be the same since Lydia Krause moved in. Thinking she would start socializing at a simple Bingo night would change everything not only for her but those living in this Twin Lakes Retirement Community. Coming smack dab in her face is Marshal Weill/Warren Manes a total embezzler, crook, and thief who stole hard earned money from not only her sister but many others too. So, in would the homeowners association hire this man as their financial planner? Why, would anyone defend him when she, Lydia Krause was enlightening them, of course quite publically, to the chagrin of many present and of course his dear wife Claire. '
Claire seems like a devoted wife and comes to her husband's defense when he would rather her not get involved. Trying in his own sleek way to divert attention from himself and claim mistaken identity, Claire in her naivety, spills the beans letting everyone know Lydia definitely has the right person and for the right reasons. But, dear Claire loves her cheating, embezzler husband and thinks he should be forgiven and his past put just there in the past. So, Lydia, although some think she is right, learns that others feel her public outburst in poor taste exists the bingo hall only to run into Barbara Taylor in the ladies room. Poor Barbara is ill and not sure from what so Lydia, being kind and considerate accompanies her home, leaves her car at the hall and spends the night taking care of who would soon be a close and dear friend. But, things have just started to heat up for poor Lydia as she returns home to find her brand new Lexus seriously damaged and reports it to the police. Well, if this isn't bad enough the young officer that takes her personal statement enlightens her as to where her car has been and who the victim of the attack was. You see, someone took her car key and drove her car right into dear Claire ending her life. Now, the fun and mayhem will begin as Lydia becomes suspect number one, Peg her neighbor and many others wish she would never have moved there and she decides to do some digging herself to solve the murder.There are many issues that come to light in this murder/mystery. One that is front and center is the importance of not taking supplements or any drugs without doing the research, making sure they are FDA approved, checking with your doctor first and seeing how these capsules or supplements interact with your other medications and of course the cost. Betrayals are widespread. The green eyed jealous monster is at the center of much of this novel, as Marshall Weill seems to have too many women mesmerized but why?
But, despite Molina's warnings our Lydia seems bent on finding out who killed Claire, what really happened to Doris when she overhears a conversation between Marshall and a member of the board that not only infuriates her but lets her know that he's still up to his own tricks and much more even at the expense of those living in the retirement community. But, the killer is wise and one more murder, yes you heard me one more: you guessed it Marshall overstayed his welcome and had to be eliminated. Poor Viv would be heartbroken and the entire community on the alert as someone is out to kill anyone that interferes with his/her plans. Just why did Doris die? Was it murder or the capsules she was taking to look younger? Who killed Claire, Marshall and one photographer that was always nosing around? Barbara, Caroline and the women's club each speculating and coming up with their own conclusions. One marriage that needs more than just a band-aid to repair the open wounds. One woman named Lydia who just wanted to start over but instead started up a chain of events that would rock the inner core of one retirement community, change many lives and hopefully improve her own. An ending that will surprise the reader and a killer that well you never can tell who your friends are can you? Revenge is sweet only if you don't get caught. Characters that you will either love or hate. A man who never thought his deeds would catch up with him and one woman who just wanted to make things right for everyone. Author Marilyn Levinson has a winner here and let's hope she brings Lydia, Barbara, Caroline and one hunk detective named Sol Molina back again to solve another mystery in Twin Lakes.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer