Thursday, February 21, 2008
THE MORTAL GROOVE By Ellen Hart
On one level, this is a mystery novel about a murder that's all mixed up with a gubernatorial campaign being run by restauranteur/amateur sleuth Jane Lawless' father, Ray Lawless, a retired defense attorney. Sounds like it could have been ripped from today's headlines, doesn't it?
But that's not all this novel is about. It is also about the men and women who serve this great country of ours by going into war and what happens to some of them when they come back. Those of us who have never actually been in a war like to believe that when those same men and women come home, they can just pick up their lives where they left off. But those lives have been touched by something horrible and lives can be subverted by the memories of what these men and women have both done and seen.
Jane Lawless becomes involved in the investigation of a 30-year old "cold case" murder when a newspaper reporter friend starts sniffing around and uncovers dirt that is more valuable than gold to opponents out on the campaign trail. An unsuccessful murder attempt is made on the life of the reporter. Attempting to carry on the research into the case, Jane and her theatrical friend Cordelia find themselves in small town America asking questions that someone doesn't want answered. Jane and Cordelia find themselves in trouble as well. This is an intriguing, well-written, thought provoking novel. It's as they say "a real page turner!" What do you think?
Labels: Mystery Fiction