BOOK REVIEW: THE BEST LAID PLANS
When her husband dumps her for one of his graduate students after many years of marriage, Jessie Schroeder returns to her hometown of Riverport, Missouri to lick her wounds and make a new life for herself. After months of writer’s block , her muse returns as she begins to create the next tale in her children’s series “Emily Says …”. She even hopes that Sheriff Gil Keller asks her out, a welcome change from fearing he would.
The era of good feelings does not last very long when Jessie’s gardener Willy Bachmann is accused of killing Margaret Benson, wife of a conman and backer of a controversial industrial park development that hinges on a highway extension through the town. After joining AA and becoming a born again Christian, Jesse believes that Willy could not harm anyone. Not long afterward Willy is found dead; apparently he drowned in a flash flood.. The autopsy reveals he had a high alcohol content in his system. Jessie believes someone is getting away with two murders and used Willie as the most believable fall guy.
THE BEST LAID PLANS is an enjoyable amateur sleuth tale that gives readers an opportunity to see what it is like to live in a small Missouri town where everyone knows everyone. Some locals believe the heroine is plain rude because of her loyal obstinacy to her beliefs that she can read a person’s inner traits; readers will consider her as a charming eccentric. Janet Majerus provides audience with a wonderful regional mystery.
REVIEWED BY HARRIET KLAUSNER
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