Second Time Around

The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark

Marcia “Carley” DeCarlo is in on the story of the year. Nicholas Spencer, owner of Gen-Stone, creator of the supposed cancer vaccine has disappeared-plane crash in Puerto Rico.

Everyone was sad and disheartened about it, including Carley who met Nicolas Spencer once, as he is the husband of her recent stepsister, Lynn. She instantly liked Nicolas and admired his passion, especially as he expressed wanting to create things to help children such as hers, her son who was born with a hole in his heart and didn’t live long on the planet.

But then it turns out there is no vaccine, test results failed, millions are missing, the stock tanked, and investors are furious. Then Lynn’s home is burned down.

Carley starts investigating, being the only one who thinks Nicholas was not in on the theft/embezzlement. She questions everyone and a lot of people feel the same.

But then a doctor she questions is almost killed in a hit and run, the secretary who had information disappears, important records go missing, and Carley starts getting death threats.

It appears there is a lot more to this case then at first sight and Carley finds herself in the middle of the storm, hopefully she figures it out before she ends up dead.

Thoughts After Reading:

This book isn’t well written, meaning the sentence structure (she repeats herself a lot) but the story itself is a great mystery-I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.

For more from Mary Higgins Clark, go to The Cradle Will Fall

For more embezzlement mysteries, go to Psycho

Killer Pancake

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

So to celebrate today we are going to feature a 4th of July mystery!

Killer Pancake (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5) by Diane Mott Davidson

Goldy has a new gig doing a low-fat catering job for a very expensive make up line, Mignon’s, show of its new product.

After that she will have a booth at Furman County’s Food Fair, over the 4th of July weekend, and a 4th of July party for a rich and very irritating client.

Between all that she is trying to adapt to married life as she is no longer Goldy Bear, but Goldy Schulz, wife to Tom Schulz of the Sheriff’s department. It’s great having this man in her life as he loves her and loves to cook, but being the wife of a policeman has its rough moments as well.

I’m scared!

Arch has ended his magic phase and has entered into a new love of all things ’60s. Hopefully it ends soon (may the next book he be into something else please!).

Goldy is preparing to say good-bye to Julian as after the summer he will go away to Cornell. He has become a true part of the family and a great help in taking care of Arch and in her catering.

Speaking of Julian, he has a new love interest. A knock-out gorgeous, blonde, Australian: Claire. She’s everything a guy could want and everything girls want to be. She is a sales rep for Mignon cosmetics and the one that got Goldy her low-fat gig.

They head over to where the demonstration will be and right smack in the middle of a group of protestors saying that Mignon is testing on animals and making rabbits go blind. One member and Goldy get into a confrontation, with grilled veggies going everywhere.

To make things shockingly worse, Claire is killed in a hit-and-run that turns out to be murder!

Then Goldy’s best friend Marla ends up in the hospital with a heart attack!

Goldy is visited by her abusive ex-husband, John Richard Korman!

What?!

And reporter Frances Markasian keeps popping up everywhere trying to question Goldy or involve her in her “investigation”.

Goldy tries to help find out what happened to Claire and finds out there is a lot more going on in this case-shoplifting, cooked books, love affairs, peeping toms, industrial espionage, and more. Will she make it to see the fireworks? Or be the next victim?

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was pretty good and grabbed you well. You kept reading to find out what happened next and it had quite a group of characters to choose from as to who the killer was.

Hmm…

I figured it out though and thought the ending was missing the extra oomph.

Meh

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to The Last Suppers

For more on the 4th of July, go to Death by Cashmere

For more industrial espionage, go to Betty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction

For more mystery reviews, go to Death by Divorce

Happy 4th of July!