In this second book of the series, poor little rich girl Jessica s divorce is finalized, with only 5 or 6 very eligible bachelors lusting after her to console her.
Eventually, we get to the meat of the story Jessica had a friend that died about 15 years ago in a mysterious manner Jessica investigates, and finds out stuff she wishes she hadn t.
Sort of a Stephanie Plum knock off, only with the protagonist being idly rich.
A Dead Sister by Anna Burke is an excellent follow up to her Dead Husband Jessica Huntington has a lot on her plate, especially after her last adventure In this novel she looks into the death of one of her friends who dies in a mysterious accident 14 years ago.
The book balances her private issues, such as the broken down marriage, and her intimate connection to the victim well, making for a very personal and heart felt investigation, which lends the story gravity and power Jessica is a great lead character with strong emotions, thoughtful and clever whose circumstances show that money and looks still won t necessarily buy you happiness But she has good people around her and she won t quit until she finds out the truth.
The detective part is well written and at times very compelling A must for fans of detective novels with interesting settings and fascinating characters Very recommendable.
I couldn t put this book down It grips you right from the start with a spellbinding account of a young girl s desperate and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to escape kidnappers turned murderers Subsequent chapters are propelled relentlessly forward by Jessica Huntington s quest to discover the identities and motives of those who murdered her friend The perpetrators tactics for fending off Jessica and her associates become increasingly malicious and deadly.
Yet despite the murder and mayhem, the overall tone of the book is hopeful and uplifting, with lighthearted moments and loveable characters Those who enjoyed A Dead Husband will rejoice in the re appearance of the Cat Pack a Cathedral City twist on the 50 s Rat Pack , including beloved mother figure Bernadette, goofy surfer boy Brien, and lovebirds Jerry and Tommy.
Building beautifully on A Dead Husband, this book adds depth to the characters, especially Jessica Flashbacks to her childhood shed light on her present day anxieties Although her rich parents gave her everything, and she seemed a spoiled brat as a teen, the cause of her brattiness was not what was given, but what was suddenly taken away the security of an intact, loving family Might a kid wonder if my parents can fall out of love with each other, will they lose their love for me That constant fear of abandonment must take a toll The adult Jessica is generous and caring but also anxious and vulnerable Her wealth has not protected her from further tragedy, but her suffering is prompting her to think deeply about relationships and spirituality Her husband s blatant philandering still has her reeling, but that experience is helping her to appreciate the qualities of a truly good man and than one interesting and kind man admires Jessica right back.
Like the first book, this one is as informative as it is entertaining Well researched, it provides lush and absorbing descriptions of southern California s desert cities, including their playgrounds for the wealthy, natural beauty, and unique lifestyle and history The epic gourmet food and shopping scenes, alone, are worth the price of admission In addition, there are behind the scenes glimpses into the criminal justice system and the world of large law firms, from their opulent upper echelons to their sweat shop like lower levels endured by new lawyers.
This unique and delightful series is not to be missed