Saturday, May 19, 2012
Death Will Extend Your Vacation by Elizabeth Zelvin
The trio had just arrived the previous day, so they really didn't know their housemate, Clea, when they found her dead on the beach. No one had anything actually bad to say about Clea after her death. However, Oscar, the wealthy entrepreneur who owned a second clean and sober house, said, "People had strong feelings about Clea." Well, it seems as if someone had strong feelings about Oscar as well. The real estate developer ruffled feathers of a few people, but it was still a surprise when he ended up dead. And, Oscar's murder just reinforced Barbara's determination to look for a killer. She just couldn't accept the verdict that Clea's death was accidental.
It was a pleasure to run into Bruce Kohler again in this book. He's showing a great deal of emotional growth since he first came to readers attention when he hit bottom and began his recovery. For one thing, he's looking at relationships in a whole new way. And, he's certainly attracted to one of his housemates. She just seems to have a secret or two.
Jimmy, the computer genius, is just as loveable as ever. I have to say, though, that Barbara got on my nerves. She's a co-dependent, and a therapist. She's also controlling, a snoop, and has to know everyone's business. She's actually the amateur sleuth who pushes the investigation. This is one amateur sleuth who isn't subtle. I just can't stand her anymore.
Zelvin neatly ties up all the loose ends at the end, the relationships, the environmental aspect, the history of the island. Death Will Extend Your Vacation is summer reading for those who don't mind a few bodies on the beach.
Elizabeth Zelvin's website is www.elizabethzelvin.com
Death Will Extend Your Vacation by Elizabeth Zelvin. Five Star. 2012. ISBN 9781432825775 (hardcover), 270p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.