BOOK REVIEW: WELL BRED AND DEAD
Did Ethan Campbell commit suicide or was it murder?
Pauline Cook always had a set date to have lunch with her good friend, Ethan. He was the one person she could sit down and talk with each week. One day, Ethan did not show up for lunch. Pauline knew this was not like Ethan. He was a person who always showed up on time. Pauline talked to him the night before and he complained that his new blood pressure medication was causing his knees to swell. Ethan was known as a hypochondriac and she did not pay much attention to his complaints. Feeling uneasy about Ethan's no show, Pauline knew she had to go to his apartment to see if he was all right.
The apartment manager did not want to let her into Ethan's apartment but after offering him a big tip of five bucks, he decided to let Pauline enter. She cracked the door open and saw a desk with a typewriter. Above it a yellow piece of legal paper was taped to the wall which read "Finish Chapter One". She then saw something horrible. Ethan was slumped over on a narrow twin bed clad only in his boxer shorts. What happened? Did Ethan commit suicide because he could not get started on his latest book?
Pauline believed that Ethan did not commit suicide. To begin with, he never would have done so clad only in his boxer shorts. As Pauline begins to do some investigating of her own, she discovers that Ethan had multiple birth certificates. Why? Pauline's search for the answer takes her to places like Boston, England and New York.
Does Pauline find out the truth about her good friend, Ethan?
If you decide to read this book, be sure to set some time aside because you will want to continue on reading page after page. This is an excellent amateur sleuth mystery and one that pokes some fun at high society. The author does an wonderful job of describing her characters and the readers will be able to envision what they look like as they are reading the storyline. It's a fun mystery but at the same time it will keep the reader guessing as to what Ethan was doing with all those birth certificates. Readers will enjoy their adventure traveling about with Pauline on her search for the truth. This book is an entertaining read and one that you will enjoy.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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