"A different and exciting mystery"
From the very first page there is a foreshadowing of
blood and tragedy, but thirty-five years old Norrie is the
happiest she's been in her life. She is thrilled to have
been awarded the Larkin Fellowship at Radcliff where they
pay her for one year to paint in a studio of her own and
relocate her to an apartment in Harvard Housing where she
intends to do the brunt of her painting.
Her lover, Michael, an accomplished writer, is married
but he seems ready to leave his wife and children for her.
Having her own apartment, (her last one she shared with a
roommate) allows Norrie and Michael to spend a lot of
quality time together there. The only fly in the ointment
is Clara, Norrie's next door neighbor, whose possessiveness
turns Norrie against her. When one of the Larkies who
happens to be Norrie's best friend is murdered, everyone on
campus thinks Clara did it even though there is no evidence
linking her to the crime.
BLOOD is an erotic, dark and foreboding work that is
more about different relationships than a typical murder
mystery. The first person narrative makes the action up
close and personal while allowing the audience an
insightful view into Norrie's thought processes. The
action, though there's not a lot of it, is pivotal to the
story line. Patricia Traxler is a very talented writer who
exposes the dark side of the human psyche to the audience.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 22, 2001