Friday, December 23, 2011

Frank, Incense and Muriel

 by Jean Henry Mead

When two former high school antagonists are thrown together in a mysterious setting the week before Christmas, you have the ingredients for romantic suspense, if they’re both attractive members of the opposite sex. Author Anne K. Albert skillfully weaves a story of surprise and deceit when Frankie Salerno, a former classmate shows up on Muriel  Reeve’s doorstep years later and is still calling her Brian. Because of her intelligence, he originally called her “brain,” but a teacher intercepted a note he sent to Muriel when he misspelled her nickname.

Now a dyslexic private investigator, he enlists her help in finding a missing former classmate. And the classmate is not someone Muriel likes so she requires some persuasion. However, when she learns who hired Frankie to investigate, someone she does consider a friend, Muriel decides to aid in the investigation, which nearly gets her killed.

Muriel’s Aunt Val, a quirky character who is constantly baking cookies for the twelve days of Christmas, enters the plot with her crotch-sniffing dog, Big Boy. When Aunt Val is sideswiped while driving Muriel’s car and winds up in the hospital, they wonder if Muriel is the intended victim.
Interviewing the missing woman’s neighbors provides more humor and additional mystery as Frankie and Muriel gather evidence and place themselves in danger.

Muriel realizes that she’s still attracted to Frankie from their high school days but keeps him at arm’s length as he tries to charm her. The plot is filled with intrigue and humor as the pair continues their search for the missing woman.  The book is well-paced and the characters well defined. I recommend Albert’s novel to anyone who loves a good mystery laced with a little romance and humor. My kind of book.

15 comments:

freelance writing said...

that is a good post! very interesting!

Jean Henry Mead said...

Thank you, FW. It's a good read, especially this time of year.

Anne K. Albert said...

Thank you, Jean, for the kind words, review and support. I'm so glad you enjoyed Frank, Incense and Muriel.

Happy holidays, and of course, happy reading!

Jean Henry Mead said...

My pleasure, Anne. I look forward to the next Muriel Reeves' mystery.

Happy Holiday!

Brenda Hill said...

I love your review, Jean. I'd read Anne's blurb and thought it sounded like a book I love, but your review cinched it. Now I have to read it!

Jean Henry Mead said...

You won't be disappointed, Brenda.

Happy Holidays!

Jean Henry Mead said...

You won't be disappointed, Brenda.

Happy Holidays!

Jean Henry Mead said...

You won't be disappointed, Brenda.

Happy Holidays!

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Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like a great, fun read!

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