Friday, December 08, 2006
A Whole New Life
When Jenny Williams died in car accident on an Arizona mountain road, her death was a catalyst for change in a number of lives in Betsy Thornton's latest mystery.
Jackson Williams, Jenny's husband, was the first to realize his life would change, first when he was notified of her death, and then when he was arrested for her murder. Fortunately, his neighbor, Ruth Norton, rallied to his defense. She put aside her own lonely life, following her divorce, and met with Stuart Ross, Jackson's defense attorney. Ruth's young son, Tyler, is scared that he might have seen someone the night of Jenny's death. Then there's Mara Harvey, Jackson's twenty-one-year-old daughter who shows up after her mother's death, looking for the father she never knew. Even Ross and the private detective he hires find their lives changing as a result of this case. And, how does the Magician fit in? He's a homeless man with mental problems, supported by community activists.
Thornton writes an intriguing story of the effects of a tragic death on a small group of needy people.
Betsy Thornton's website is www.betsythornton.com
A Whole New Life by Betsy Thornton. Thomas Dunne Books, ©2006, ISBN 0312357591 (hardcover), 277p.