BOOK REVIEW: CALCULATED LOSS
Can you imagine your shock if you picked up the phone and heard the voice of your sister-in-law that you hadn't spoken to in years and telling you your ex-husband is dead? That is exactly how Madeline Carter found out about the death of Braydon Gauthier, a well-known chief and restaurant owner. Maddy is even more surprised when her sister-in-law Anne-Marie not only announced that he was deceased but that he had committed suicide. Anne-Marie insists that Maddy come to Vancouver for the funeral. Braydon has remarried and established himself with his corporate headquarters in Vancouver and it would have never occurred to Maddy to attend the funeral but Anne-Marie adds the fact that her parents are insisting she come and that Bray had left Maddy something - a sports car they bought when they first married and referred to as "Old Stinky".
Maddy is currently living with friends in LA since her small apartment had been destroyed and she is working, as a day trader out of her home so there is no real reason to refuse to attend the funeral.
When Maddy arrives in Canada and goes to visit her ex-in-laws she finds that she has been invited for an entirely different purpose. Bray's mother does not feel that Bray's business affairs are being handled properly and she also feels that the family is not receiving the benefits that her son had promised them from his estate. With Maddy's experience as a day trader and previously as a stock broker in New York Bray's mother feels she is just the person to straighten things out for them.
Maddy is sent to stay at Braydon's apartment in town (one his wife never visits). As memories of Bray and their marriage and the things she is seeing and hearing in Canada Maddy becomes more and more convinced that Bray did not kill himself but had a little help along those lines.
When Maddy begins to investigate she runs into a bit of trouble but manages to find out more than she could have imagined about her ex-husband's life and associates.
The author not only keeps you interested in the story line but also has the ability to describe the scenery and the location in such a way to make you feel you are a part of the story. Don't miss this one.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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