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Death Was the Other Woman by Linda L. Richards
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May 09, 09

bookshelves: mystery-thriller-suspense
Read in May, 2009

Twenty-three-year-old secretary, Katherine (Kitty) Pangborn, isn’t impressed with her boss’s new client, but private investigator, Dex Theroux, can’t afford to turn business away. Rita Heppelwaite’s hired Dex to find out if her rich boyfriend, Harrison Dempsey, is cheating on her. Needless to say, things don’t go well. Kitty discovers Harrison’s body in a bathtub. The next day, she and Dex learn that his body’s disappeared and there’s no trace of a murder at all.

This is one of many plot twists in Linda Richards’ terrific new series, Death Was the Other Woman. The story’s set in Los Angeles in the early 30’s, and while this setting might seem overdone to some mystery readers, Richards puts a modern spin on the classic detective novel by having Kitty do most of the sleuthing. But then Kitty doesn’t have much choice. At age thirty-four, Dex is an alcoholic war vet struggling with personal demons.

Kitty Pangborn is a delightful character: smart, educated, and raised in a wealthy environment until the stock market crash of 29 tore her world apart. Now on her own and poor, she’s slowly adjusting to a working-class life filled with uncertainty while coping with moments of profound sadness and a longing for the past. But Kitty’s determined, resourceful, protective, and above all, interesting. I can’t wait to read more of her adventures.

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