THE POISON PEN introduced me to Detective Chief Inspector RichardHayward in an intriguing whodunit that is swiftly paced and delightfully British in flavor, reminiscent of Elizabeth George's Lynley tales. Theauthor sets out the murder of a particularly nasty victim and thenparades suspects and clues enough to keep the reader guessing until thefinal pages. As if solving the puzzle weren't enough, a romantic subplot shows a softer side of the steely eyed detective that offsets his coldgenius for solving cases and earns him the reader's sympathy. I enjoyedthe author's clean literary style, wry humor, and deft handling of plottwists that left me wanting more when I'd turned the last page.
From the Author
Mum had told Mike that shehad written a couple of stories and let him read them some years ago. She expressed no interest in having thempublished at that time. He was neveraware of the amount that she had written until she passed away. Mike, being an only child and having no Auntsor Uncles, is the sole heir to Marjorie's estate. He discovered the box full of Mum's writingson clearing her flat in England and took them back to the USA.
As an avid reader Dee (daughter-in-law)became fascinated with Mum's stories and books. All her writings were handwritten on legal size paper or note books and on both sides of the paper. Deebegan reading some of the short stories (there are fifty plus). After reading a few, she was hooked anddecided to attempt, the monumental task of transcribing them to computer. Mum's writing was not the easiest to read,however, Dee had set herself the challenge and was going to follow through. Atfirst, her husband, Mike assisted her with the 'translation' of Mum's handwriting. At times they became frustratedwith each other and Mum. After a coupleof stories, Dee became the expert, reading Mum's writing and even improving herown typing skills and speed. As yet, Deehas not completed the task, with a few more stories to go and two novels, afterseveral years of work.