Date: May, 2003
Winner of the Cat Writers Association Certificate of Excellence
and the 1999 Readers Choice Award for Best Series Character
for the Cassidy McCabe Series
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Notes: Some explicit language
Reviewer Nancy Mehl is the author of "Graven Images"
and "Sinner's Song."
A Cassidy McCabe Mystery, No. 7
McCabe is a psychotherapist whose patient, Claire Linden, is getting
married. Although Claire’s recovery from an abusive past relationship
is something Cassidy is proud of, she carries some concerns about
Claire’s husband-to-be, Max O’Connell, worrying that
he may not be the right person for Claire.
apprehension about the pending union is resolved when Max is shot
to death – during the ceremony. Of course, this violent act
throws Claire back into a familiar despair, and it’s Cassidy’s
job to pull her out of it. But roles become confused and lines blur
when Claire appeals to Cassidy and her husband, reporter Zach Moran,
to investigate the killing. The prime suspect is Claire’s
ex-husband, but she is convinced that he would never have killed
anyone in front of their daughter, Molly. Claire wants him cleared
for her daughter’s sake.
begin to delve into the life and relationships that surrounded Max,
she finds herself the target of a stalker who threatens her more
than once with violence. She is determined to find the truth behind
the killing. She and Zach forge ahead, trying to sort out clues
and characters that could point to someone else as the killer.
is my first chance to read an Alex Matthews novel and it won’t
be my last. Her characters are strong and well presented. The twists
and turns are expertly plotted and although you are given a road
map to figure out who the murderer is, you will still be guessing
up until the last moment. In particular, I appreciated the depth
of the characterizations. Ms. Matthews does a terrific job of giving
the reader a sense of insight into her main characters. Super read!