Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Crack in Everything

Author: Angela Gerst
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (September 2011) Audiobook by Blackstone Audio

Susan Callisto is pushing thirty and taking stock. Before she traded financial security at a Boston law firm for sandals and jeans in Waltham, she specialized in real estate law. Now she has reinvented herself as a political consultant for ordinary people seeking low level office. Her income may be dicey, but Susan loves her new life—until her boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict, dumps her without a goodbye. Not one to mope, Susan uses humor and perpetual motion to keep away the pain.

So when biotech high roller Charles Renfrow offers her a huge retainer to advise his political campaign, Susan is wary. Why would a scientist stalking the human genome want to be mayor of a small Massachusetts town?

Rumor has it that Renfrow’s biotech company is dumping deadly waste and that a child has died. On her way to confront him, Susan instead finds the body of his gorgeous assistant. Assigned to the case, Michael reenters Susan’s life. Soon mayhem rains down: Susan herself is attacked, an elderly client is beaten and left for dead, and a child is abducted.
When Michael’s suspicions settle on Susan’s favorite candidate, she elbows her way into the investigation. She hopes to prove Michael wrong, and to her peril, she does. Now, with her own life on the line, Susan uncovers the crack in everything.

I will admit that I was a little skeptical going into this book.  You never know what you will be getting with an author's first book.  I was very pleasantly surprised.   This mystery in this book it exciting!  It has plenty of murder, suspects, twists, turns and surprises. There are several things happening at once and they don;t seem to be connected.  I loved how the author brought it all together to tie things up. The!  Let's just say that the ending made my jaw drop in amazement.  I never saw it coming!

 Ms. Gerst has created a great character in Susan. She is a down-to-earth, smart and very relatable character. I liked her relationships with her friends and her loyalty to them.  I know that this is a character I look forward to getting to know in later books.  I hope that future books give more of her background.  I think that was the one thing that I was missing, more back story on Susan that might explain why decided to leave the big law firm and go into politics.  The other thing was romance.  I wanted more interaction between Susan and Michael. 

I definitely recommend this one.  I listened to the audio and the narrator was great.


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