"A well written mystery"
The Stone Harbor Historical Society wants to build a gift
house with bathrooms on the grounds of Chandler Home and
they hired archeologist Emma Fielding to set up a site
where they want to dig. Emma plans to identify any
archeological remains and to learn more about the Chandler
family who was a power in the community in the early
eighteenth century. Emma lives in nearby Lawton,
Massachusetts so this summer dig is an easy commute for her.
The site yields some good artifacts when Emma and her
students find the dead body of the security guard. The
police temporary halt work at the site so Emma spends time
with her sister. The police permit the dig to continue but
immediately close it down again when the body of Aden
Fiske, the head of the Historical Society is found. When
Emma starts asking questions, she discovers that Aden had
many enemies. However, the killer goes too far when her
sister is poisoned.
The heroine of PAST MALICE is a very likable character who
loves her husband and sister more than she does the job.
She makes compromises to keep her husband satisfied that
she isn't putting herself in danger and is ready to listen
to her sister when she is ready to talk about her man
troubles. She learns the secrets of the town, which places
her in danger from a killer who will go to any lengths to
keep them buried. While the story line is fast-paced and
exciting it is the heroine who makes this a book to
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2003