"dark but exciting tale"
She went from a public defender to a stay-at-home mom but
now that her two children are older, Juliet Applebaum is
going into partnership with Al Hockey, a former
investigator for the public defenders. They are opening up
a private detective agency housed temporarily in Al's
garage until they bring in enough money to have a real
office. At a Hollywood charity function, Juliet runs into
her good friend Lilly Green, a famous actress who is in
desperate need of her firm's discrete services.
Lilly's stepbrother Jupiter Jones is accused of killing his
stepmother Chloe, the wife of Polaris Jones who is the head
of the Church of Cosmological Unity. Chloe was
blackmailing Lilly and she asked Jupiter to help her put a
stop to it. She believes that Jupiter may have killed
because of their close bond but when Juliet starts
investigating she comes to believe that Jupiter didn't kill
Chloe and that makes the real killer exceeding anxious to
stop the investigation even if it means murdering again.
Although the subject matter of survivor guilt and repressed
memories is very serious, Juliet's interactions with
her husband and children bring a note of much need of humor
to the somber story line. Readers will be particularly
tickled to realize that Juliet is pregnant again and her
reaction to this unexpected event is truly memorable.
DEATH GETS A TIME-OUT is darker in tone than the previous
works in this series but it is just as good.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 4, 2003