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TRIP WIRE - CHARLOTTE CARTER

In 1968, Cassandra could not believe the world in which she lived.   Two assassinations and violence at the Democratic convention had left her wanting independence.  Cassandra moved from the high-rise apartment where she lived with her Uncle Woody and Aunt Ivy.  However, when Cassandra left it was not a normal move just to show her independence.  She moved to the North Side of Chicago to an apartment with sloping floors.  Sometimes she would have three to seven roommates.  To make matters worse, Cassandra joined a hippie commune. 

Woody and Ivy were Cassandra's "de facto" parents.  Her mother left Cassandra in the care of her grandmother.  She and her grandmother did not get along and as a result Cassandra was very unhappy.   She credits Ivy and Woody with saving her.

Two of Cassandra's commune members are murdered. The Chicago Police Detective James Norris seems to only question commune members.  Why is the detective not looking elsewhere at the same time?

With the help of Woody and Ivy, Cassandra begins her own investigation.  What do these three amateur sleuths discover? 

You will love the character of Cassandra.  She has a reputation for being sassy and hot-tempered.  You will see she fits this description quite well.  The books gives us a good historical look back at 1968 when everything just seemed to be a mess and the people were disillusioned.  Charlotte Carter does an excellent job of making the reader feel they are right there on the streets of Chicago.  This is a book you will enjoy reading!

  REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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