Sunday, April 24, 2011

In for a Penny, by Kathryn R. Wall

The mystery involves land development skullduggery in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, which is almost a character in its own right.  It's not a long book, but there are some compelling side trips into family relations, father-daughter, mother-daughter; the relations between southerners and their help -- the African-American help who become near-family members and the Hispanic help who keep their distance; and the process of grieving.  The mysteries fold in on themselves -- the murder victim is a land heir impacting the land development scheme as well as a drug dealer for the mobsters also involved in the land development scheme.  Throw in a blackmailer and an art theft ring for red herring value.  Not bad, not great.  I want to go to Hilton Head.

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