BOOK REVIEW: A PERFECT GRAVE
Sometimes events from the past make their way to the present and not always with a pleasing result. Is there something in Sister Anne Louise Baxterís past that would bring about her brutal murder? Jason Wade, reporter for The Seattle Mirror, is determined to find the answer.
Jason is having a difficult time at work. His boss is constantly pressuring him and he has received blame for actions that were not his fault. Jason is determined to climb back to the top of his profession with a story that will be over and above that any other reporter writes. Jason feels that the murder of Sister Anne could be this story.
Sister Anne is loved by everyone. She spends her days at a mission and counsels street people, ex-convicts and anyone that is in need of compassion and reassurance. Jasonís previous relationship with Detective Grace Garner is of no help to him in getting inside information. Grace broke it off with Jason and he is still hurt. Grace is regretting that decision but canít figure out how to undo the action.
Jason also is dealing with his fatherís problems. Henry Wade used to be a police officer but when a hold-up went bad and someone was killed, Henry turned to the bottle and Jasonís mother left him and Jason. Now Henry has worked to overcome his drinking but the past is coming back to haunt him and he is leaning on Jason for help.
Meanwhile a small boy is suffering from a brain tumor and is in need of surgery his mother cannot afford.
How do all of these seemingly disconnected facts tie together? How do any of these situations have a bearing on the murder of Sister Anne?
These are questions that Jason must figure out and eventually he does do that but the conclusion will come as a shock to Jason as well as the reader.
I highly recommend this book. It is one that just keeps picking up speed as you read along. This is the first Mofina Jason Wade book that I have read but I have put the first two on my wish list. I hopefully there will be a fourth to add to that list.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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