Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Review - Deadly Policy


Deadly Policy: A Silver Sleuths Mystery

By: Mitzi Kelly
Publisher: Avalon
Pubishing Date: April 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8034-7473-4
Reviewed by: Mary Lignor
Review Date: May 30, 2012

I again have the honor of reviewing one of the best reads in the cozy genre. Deadly Policy written by Mitzi Kelly is the second book in Ms. Kelly’s Silver Sleuths Mystery series (the first is Classic Revenge). These books have a cast of characters seldom seen in mysteries; three very feisty ladies who made their debut in Classic Revenge and are better at snooping than most of the detective’s in today’s fiction.

In this particular book the ladies, Millie Morrow, an extremely stubborn 80-year old Pitt Bull of a mother and her two best friends, Edna Radcliff, a 65-year old and a very shy, gentle lady and Trish Anderson, a 45-year old who is very level headed and tries to keep Millie from going off the deep end. These women are indestructible when it comes to protecting someone who they love and Millie’s daughter is that someone. The insurance company that Michelle (Millie's daughter) works for has had to pay off on a series of car thefts on policy holders and it seems that Michelle is going to be dragged into a case of fraud as the authorities believe that the fraud is being run by an insider at the company. The three women go into detective mode, much to the distress of local law enforcement and kick it up a notch to go after their suspects.

As they swing into high gear, a body is found outside the insurance office where Michelle works. This complicates things for a while, and the ladies have to work a little faster. Even though Michelle wasn’t caught with a smoking gun, the case against her is growing. Millie and friends, including the Chief of Police, Henry Espinoza, are on it. Things don’t go well at first as Millie has a tendency to make a lot of enemies in a very short time. There's no doubt that this team of ‘Silver Sleuths’ will keep you reading and laughing as they work to solve this case. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even though it’s the second in a series, it definitely stands alone and the reader will be able to make a smooth transition into the next story.

Quill Says: All mystery/cozy/thriller readers will love this new book and especially the ladies over the age of 40 who can really show that they are still full of life. This is a keeper!! Don’t miss it.