Revenge Served Cold by Jackie Fullerton (Thomas House Publishing)
Kathy Spence awakens in the middle of the night and finds herself in a living nightmare…
This is author Jackie Fullerton’s second Anne Marshall mystery novel. Anne is a court stenographer attending law school when she’s not working at her day job. She also has a very special secret. Her father passed away two years prior to this story. Mr. Marshall visits Anne in the form of a ghostly spirit, complete with pipe smoke that alerts her to his impending appearance. He assisted her in solving a murder during the past year.
This time Anne gets herself, the law school study group and a wide circle of friends involved when a professor from the school is run down and killed by a late-model white Cadillac. And the car just happens to belong to Kathy Spence, the professor’s wife who has a drinking problem and persistent depression.
Ms. Fullerton makes good use of the background that she acquired when the youngest of her five children went off to school. She fills the plot with a full array of characters. There are several very nice couples in the mix with whom Anne and her fiance Jason, a young deputy district attorney, spend time and socialize. Anne is a kind, caring heroine who has a stubborn streak that everyone can see. She has lived in the same small town all her life and it is a place that’s not immune to the sinister plotting of outsiders.
The story begins a bit slowly and this reviewer was initially skeptical about the promise of an action-packed mystery given the characters introduced early on in the plotline. There was no need to doubt the potential for action. As soon as the bad guys came on the scene, thing began to quickly heat up. (The ice melted.) By the end of the book, my full attention was riveted on each page.
This is an excellent summer paperback read with just enough drama and peril to keep a reader on the edge of his or her beach chair. Recommended.
This review was written by Ruta Arellano. A review copy was provided by the publisher.