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Murder of Innocence (Ellie Quicke Mystery Series #3) Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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I read books one and two several months ago so I was looking forward to reading book 3. Murder Of Innocence is a darker book than the first two for me. It deals with a pedophilia act on a reoccurring character. Therefore the title of Murder Of Innocence. The Ellie Quick series is a cozy mystery series so the plot surprised me. That being said the book held my attention and it was a fast read for me. The ending of the book was abrupt, I thought. Ellie and another person were in extreme peril. Then Ellie finds something that might help. Then the scene goes to a party. I thought at first maybe the whole book wasn't downloaded. It did go on to explain what happened.
Even though this book was not my favorite of the three I have read, I felt it was much better than 3 stars. It was written well and had good subplots that involved the other characters of the book. As usual, the mystery had twist and turns. Veronica Heley is good at plot development. I will continue on with the series as I do like it.
After reading several of the series, it has become frustrating to see Ellie allow everyone around her control her and cause extreme chaos in her life. Yes, I know that drives the plot, but just once it would be nice if she stood up for herself in a really strong way, especially to her monster daughter.
I also wonder if Heley feels she needs to pad her books with food prep/cooking/attire descriptions - these seem really gratuitous and are hardly central to the plot or character development. Other than that, they are well written enough and the characters are interesting enough for me to keep coming back for more.
Heretofore, Ellie's greedy daughter Diana and her imperious Aunt Drusilla have taken terrible advantage of Ellie. But in Murder of Innocence Ellie foils the selfish Diana's plot (view spoiler). But enough with the subplots, for the main mystery proves riveting; I was done with the book less than 24 hours after starting it, sneaking quick reads as often as I could.
Ellie's 10-year-old neighbor and doting friend, Tod Coppola, goes missing in the first few pages of the novel. To reveal any more than that Ellie, herself devoted to the child, investigates would be to ruin this excellent cozy. Heley has managed to pen an excellent comeback from Murder by Suicide, and I hope it presages some wonderful mysteries to come. However, readers who begin with this volume will follow just fine, and I highly recommend skipping Murder by Suicide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item arrived as expected. I loved the book. It is one in a series and was not at my library. I donated it to the library when I was done reading it.Published 4 months ago by Cynthia K. Curtis
Another excellent romantic mystery. Lighthearted. Heroine Ellie is a good woman with her struggles to do the right thing for family and friends.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I do like this series with Ellie Quicke, but sometimes I would just like to shake her till her head falls off. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by slv