"exciting amateur sleuth"
In 1880 Leadville, Colorado is booming thanks to the vein
of silver being taken out of the Eye Dazzler Mine. Lucinda
Ridenour, the owner of the mine, is keeping her young lover
in luxurious style indulging in all kinds of debauched
pleasures including drugs and the strong liquor absinthe.
The last night Kit Randall spends in his lover's home, he
has some hallucinations that scare him because he thinks
they may be based in reality.
A spiteful Lucinda claims that he stole some items from her
before leaving but he is able to talk the police out of
arresting him. When his Uncle Brad and his fiancÚ come to
town, they help him hide from the law when Lucinda is
murdered. When Brad returns to Washington DC, Eden stays
behind to find a way of clearing his name, even if that
means figuring out who the real killer is.
THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE is an exciting amateur sleuth
tale that will appeal to fans of romances and westerns, and
those who love historical mysteries will value the
tale. Michelle Black is a gifted storyteller whose stark
prose and compelling characters draw the reader into the
heart of the story line. The mystery is well constructed
and there is a plethora of suspects who had every reason to
see the widow dead including her own son. Characters from
other works of Michelle Black make an appearance giving the
audience a feeling of continuity.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 8, 2003