"Exciting amateur sleuth"
Though she dislikes frats, Donna Woodleaf accompanies her
friend Emily Willmarth to a final fling as Branbury College
is shutting down any fraternity that refuses to go coed.
That night baseball star Shep Noble takes Donna home, but
tries to rape her. However, the Donna's "experience" turns
even uglier by the next morning when Shep is found dead on
the Woodleaf grounds. The police make inquiries into the
Though no charges have been filed, many neighbors convict
the Woodleaf family because Donna's father is part Abenaki
Native American and her mother Gwen grows marijuana and
belladonna for medical purposes. As the official
investigation begins to look closer at whether a homicide
occurred, harassment of the Woodleafs commences. Donna
asks Emily's mother Ruth to help her and her family.
Though she has her own trouble with little income and
raising three children by herself, Ruth coaxes her beau,
part-time police officer Colm Hanna, to dig deeper into
Shep's death even as she wonders if the murder of a
professor is tied to the Noble homicide.
STOLEN HONEY is an exciting amateur sleuth -- police
procedural that never slows down for a paragraph. The
story line is fast-paced and filled with a delightful
ensemble cast. In her fourth mystery novel, Ruth remains a
dynamic heroine. Though there is so much going on the
audience will need a scorecard to keep track of what
happens with the players, Nancy Means Wright knows the
right means of providing an exhilarating tale that will
satiate her growing legion of fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002