Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Book 132: NO ALIBI Review

I enjoy reading mystery and suspense books. As with most people I may be attracted to a book by the synopsis of the book, previous history with reading a particular author or simply attraction to the cover. I don't usually grab a book because of any hype or hoopla and haven't read too many books that have been suggested to me (bad history with book suggestions that I'll discuss later . . . ). The good thing, and sometimes not-so-good thing, about blogging and reviewing books is that you'll receive a variety of books from authors you've never heard of or in genres you ordinarily don't read. Thankfully, I can say that No Alibi by Jenny Hilborne falls into the "good thing" category.

Ms. Hilborne has crafted a great mystery with interesting characters. Isabelle Kingsley is a woman on the edge because she's found that her husband is cheating on her. She's been married to Clark for six years and thought their marriage was happy and doing well. She knows that something is going on and presumes it is an extramarital affair. She also knows that her best friend, Darius Martin, is avoiding her. He must know something about Clark's behavior, but Darius has his own problems to worry about, namely blackmail. Who's blackmailing him? Georgia Legg has Darius over a barrel, financially speaking, and he hopes that Isabelle will never find out about it. To make matters worse, Georgia is the other woman in Clark's life. Isabelle receives anonymous confirmation that Clark is definitely having an affair in the form of a sonogram of Georgia and Clark's baby. Just when things look like they couldn't get any worse, Georgia is murdered with Isabelle's gun and Isabelle has no alibi for the time of the murder. What follows is a topsy-turvy investigation into the murder. Is Isabelle a suspect? Did Darius commit the crime to get out of the blackmail? Perhaps Clark wanted to permanently end the relationship with Georgia? These are questions that Inspectors Doucette and Beaumont ponder as they investigate Georgia's murder. It doesn't help that there may be a mad woman on the loose, another woman from Clark's life, his ex Fitch. But how does Fitch tie into the murder and why hasn't she targeted Isabelle as promised a few years back? I could answer that question but then you wouldn't need to read No Alibi for yourself, and you want to read this book. No Alibi is a quick and enjoyable read that is perfect for a lazy afternoon or weekend. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Hilborne in the future.

Disclaimer: I received this book free for review purposes from the publisher through LibraryThing. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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