Monday, December 22, 2014
Murder At The Book Group by Maggie King
The moment passes and the group moves on to a discussion of poisoning in books, specifically cyanide poisoning. During the refreshment period, Carlene seems fine, serving the members food and drink, having her own special tea. She asks to speak to Hazel in her office so the two leave for a moment. Or so Hazel thinks. Instead, Carlene collapses and dies before Hazel's eyes. The verdict? Cyanide poisoning. Who did it? The police believe it is suicide, as a note is found.
Hazel decides that she is in the best position to find out what really happened. She and her cousin Lucy start to talk with everyone at the meeting and everyone who knew Carlene. They quickly discover that she was not the reserved woman she seemed to be, but a woman who loved sex and who was not choosy about partners, taking husbands and boyfriends regardless of who else they were with. She had affairs with co-workers and sons of friends, with strangers, with almost anyone. Can Hazel and Lucy find out who was mad enough to take revenge?
Maggie King has written a mystery that seems more realistic than most mysteries. The novel would be in the cozy category, with a cast of characters who each have a secret to hide. King captures the inter-relationships that arise when people marry multiple times, and the way that a mystery can tear apart a social group. This book is recommended for mystery readers.