BURIED IN THE TOWNHOUSE
Christina Branganti and her penchant
for choosing the wrong pair of shoes for every occasion is a
fun almost heroine in this amusing quirky 98,349 word narrative.
From the prologue when a nameless nun is murdered in most gruesome
fashion right on to the last page when at last the whole conundrum
is revealed the reader is held captive with write Heusler's intriguing
plot twists and turns. Christina and her brother have bought
the aging townhouse with an eye toward turning it into an upscale
fitness center. Christina was not aware the structure had been
used as a psychiatric hospital in the past and held secrets best
left untouched when brother Jake decided this was the building
for them to invest Chris' divorce settlement money into.
The perpetually encumbered Christina
hobbles from adventure to misadventure as murder; drugs and a
cast of intriguing characters fill the pages of the narrative.
Chris is a most likeable accidental sleuth. She is the mother
of a typical ready for college, mom's an idiot son, involved
in a new love relationship that is not what exactly all that
it seems, battling a up hill fight with brother Jake about who
should be hired to work on staff in the newly establish Townhouse
Gym and spooked by the 'comes with the building' caretaker Mike.
Writer Heusler has captured a
bit of M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet humor
with the plot turns and twists found in Ann Bachman's Broken
Dreams to produce a most enjoyable work.
The dismay felt by Christina
is believable as she totters along on those awful shoes she insists
upon wearing. The peculiar toeless Mike is a morbid, frightening
character. Bodies begin popping up in the most unusual places
much to the consternation of brother Jake. This is a keep you
turning the page mystery filled with good description and interesting
characters. Christina, in spite of her footwear, rises to the
situation to protect her kid when the deranged murderer is finally
New York City teacher, wife and
mother Marianna Heusler has written a number of short stories
in addition to her mystery writing. BURIED IN THE TOWN HOUSE
is well recommended for a fun, interesting read!