Daily Archives: March 17, 2011

Formula for Murder by Diana Orgain

Formula for MurderReviewed by Teri Davis

Working from home is the ideal career for a new mother. However, what kind of job can make you money and still allow you to be a mother? For Kate Connolly, it is being a private detective. Of course, she has the support of her husband and fortunately, the help and guidance of one of her mother’s boyfriends who already has his private investigator license.

Now, how do you get paying clients?

Kate has a natural ability to be at the wrong place at the worse time. While taking her young daughter on a drive to get her first holiday pictures, the two are hit by a hit-and-run driver. The car is totaled but the two of them appear to be fine. Kate cannot forget the face of the driver of the car. Fortunately, a witness is able to give her the information about the car and it is traced back to the French consul.

Naturally Kate and her husband visit the French consul and don’t get much assistance or information, but they do notice two well-known television reporters leaving. When one of these reporters is found the next day murdered, Kate manages to be hired by the victim’s former husband to investigate this death. Of course, she is still looking for who hit her vehicle seems to believe that the two acts seem to be somehow related.

Pursuit of Happiness by Sheldon Greene

Pursuit of HappinessReviewed by Teri Davis

It is difficult for us to truly understand life during the American Revolution. Pursuit of Happiness gives us that insight through the eyes of Joshua Rutledge, a Quaker from Philadelphia and Amelia Syre, the wife of a plantation owner on a Caribbean island.

Living as a Quaker, Joshua learns the meaning of a peaceful lifestyle. He is conflicted when he is approached by a friend to infiltrate the British occupied area. Is this going against the beliefs of his family? Would his family believe that he is doing the right thing? Within himself, he wonders about this. Having succeeded at this task, Joshua is given a new assignment directly from General Washington involving acquiring guns and ammunition from the Caribbean.

Amelia Syre is living the luxurious life on a sugar plantation on the island of St. Catherine’s. However, things are seldom as they seem. Her husband, Duncan, impregnated her companion and slave. Amelia is furious and really wants nothing to do with him. Unlike Duncan, she immediately gets help for the poor girl. Even though Amelia is the mistress, she values her slaves and respects them as humans. Her slaves trust her and fear her husband.