Cassidy McCabe series, No 10
Veiled Intent Press
April 1, 2011/ ISBN 978-0-9794756-1-0
Reviewed by Dennis
Psychotherapist Cassidy McCabe answers her door one
night to find a bloodied, ex client reeking of alcohol and in a
state of near panic. Jordan Wenzlaff tells her that he found the
body of former girlfriend Dr. Claudia Laevitt in her living room.
He fears that he will be the prime suspect because Dr. Claudia had
taken out a restraining order to keep him away. He swears that he
had nothing to do with her murder and asks Cassidy to help protect
him by destroying all of his patient records. Cassidy wants to believe
his story and agrees to help.
husband Zach is a crime reporter for a local newspaper and sets
off, with Cassidy in tow, to investigate the killing. Digging into
the victim’s personal life, they uncover a very complex personality.
It seems that Dr. Claudia had a habit of developing intense but
short lived romantic relationships with many different men. About
the time she’d capture a man’s affection, she’d
lose interest and move on to the next guy. The trail of broken hearts
could produce a plethora of likely suspects.
And then there
was her professional life. The doctor shared a clinic with another
physician who had been suspected of euthanasia. Everybody at the
clinic appeared to just shrug off the accusations but Cassidy added
the information to her notebook.
Moving on to Dr. Claudia’s family life added even more mystery
to her persona. A ne’er-do-well sister who abandoned her son
in favor of a derelict boyfriend and an estranged mother who seemed
to trust no one made the picture very unclear. The nephew who depended
on Dr. Claudia to finance his school and his very existence completed
Matthews is an extremely good story teller. She knows how to lay
out a tale so that it flows like a rapid river, fast and wild, tumbling
over obstacles but never losing direction. Her books are always
full of action and surprises and they lead the reader through the
maze that she plots. Sometimes you’re not too sure where she’s
taking you but she’s pretty good at making you trust her and
she never confuses you. Healer’s Heresy is another