TWICE DEAD by Elizabeth
A Taylor Madison Mystery
Avid Press - August 2001
ISBN: 1931419183 - Paperback & eBook
Amateur Sleuth Mystery
Reviewed by Jo Rogers,
The saga of loveable,
blonde, mystery writer Taylor Madison, begun in DIAMONDBACK, continues
in TWICE DEAD. She has published three novels now, and is financially
comfortable if not rich. So, when she hears that Bonita "Bo"
Posey, owner of the grocery store in Perdue, Texas, is having a yard sale,
her thrifty nature surfaces, and she can't resist taking a peek at Bo's
stuff. So she cons her boyfriend, Deputy Cal Arnette, into going with
her to check out the merchandise.
Taylor still hasn't
bought herself a real coat, and she is freezing in the little cottage
where Bo stores her junk and her treasures, including a mahogany desk
Taylor wants, but can't afford. When Cal suggests building a fire in the
fireplace, Bo says no, because the chimney hasn't been cleaned in thirty
years. Cal looks up the chimney and says it is indeed blocked. While he
goes after his flashlight, Taylor pokes at the blockage with a broom handle.
Nothing could have prepared her for the skeleton that plopped into the
grate. It is the skeleton of Ralph Posey, Bo's husband, who vanished that
very day thirty-five years ago.
TWICE DEAD is a gem
of a mystery, and Taylor Madison grows ever more loveable as she stumbles
over and through a mountain of evidence as she tries to find the killer.
She jumps to many wrong conclusions before she finally reaches the right
one. This is a quick read, so you might not have to put it down if you
start early enough! I enjoyed this one thoroughly and look forward to
the next Taylor Madison caper.