Redneck’s Revenge by Joan Livingston
Her next case. She’s in it for good.
Isabel Long is in a funk months after solving her first case. Her relationship with the Rooster Bar’s owner is over. Then the cops say she must work for a licensed P.I. before working solo. Encouraged by her ‘Watson’ — her 92-year-old mother — Isabel snaps out of it by hooking up with a P.I. and finding a new case.
The official ruling is Chet Waters, an ‘ornery so-and-so, was passed out when his house caught fire. His daughter, who inherited the junkyard, believes he was murdered. Topping the list of suspects are dangerous drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, and an ex-husband. Could the man’s death simply be a case of redneck’s revenge? Isabel is about to find out.
‘It’s not you, its me’
A clichéd phrase and yet it couldn’t be more true than between me and Redneck’s Revenge.
This is book a good read, I happily recognize and acknowledge that, it just wasn’t for me. It took quite some time to get my head round the writing and speech style, and I had to keep stopping as it wore me out.
BUT that is just my taste.
Don’t be put off reading it, because what I can tell you is that you will be immersed in this odd town and engaged with the characters who inhabit it, right from the very beginning. Between Dancing Dave and Jack Smith, ‘the moles’ in the general store and Isabel’s spirited 92-year-old mother, irrespective of what side of the law any of the characters fall on, you will find them all very much three-dimensional, realistic and recognizable. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny how well-drawn and true to life they are.
Isabel is a feisty, up front and in our face type of woman, and at the same time appealing and loveable. As the story weaves its way in and out of the lives of the town’s people, their joys and sadness, troubles and heartaches, we enjoy plenty of twists, juicy sub-plots, and a great ending.
It’s a good mystery and a clever plot, where solving the crime is a slow peeling away of falsehood and misdirection. Joan Livingston is a great story-teller, I just wish I had been able to engage with her writing style better than I did.
Read and enjoy.
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Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Redneck’s Revenge, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the second in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a long-time journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first is Chasing the Case.
An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hill towns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and most recently the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.
After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, Joan returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long series.
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