A VIEW TO DIE FOR
When Annie Eisenstein moved to
Moab, Utah to begin a new life with the man she was sure loved
her she was unaware that her new life would soon be lived alone.
Facing the breakup of her relationship with new found determination
Annie finds she has a real talent for selling real estate and
decides to stay in Moab and pursue her brand new career.
"Hey, Jack." Miles's
tenor voice retained the same ebullient tone he'd used for greeting
me. "All set for lunch tomorrow?"
"What the hell do you care?"
Spellman pushed past Miles and opened the door of his van.
"I love this town, Jack,"
Miles said, spreading his arms wide to encompass all of Moab.
"I love being president of the Rotary."
"What you love is power,"
Spellman said. He had to look up to meet Miles's grin with his
own sneer. "And if it were up to me you wouldn't have it
Little did Annie realize while
watching the interplay between Spellman and her landlord, Miles
VanAllen that the next time she was to see Miles he would be
found dead on the floor of the home she was showing to a pair
of prospective buyers. The startled Annie found herself being
dragged into a tale of danger and conniving as she sets out to
try and figure out what exactly has happened to the man from
who she was buying the home in which she is living.
Thoughts of John R. Riggs' "A
Dragon Lives Forever" along with a bit of Gardner machination
gives an idea of the spellbinding complicity found in this first
mystery thriller by new writer Janice Rosenberg. The worry felt
by Annie is manifest as she is driven to discover the secrets
laying hidden within these people she has come to know. Annie
Eisenstein has begun to recognize most of Moab's residents by
sight, but it takes Miles' murder to bring them into focus. She
discovers below the surface of this seemingly benign community
there is an undercurrent of environmental terrorists, philandering
husbands and real estate scams. The tangled personal issues the
several characters share are skillfully wrought by this Chicago
resident who does own a home in Moab as well.
Rosenberg's cleverness with words
and her expressive narrative pull the reader right into the tale.
Writer Rosenberg's characters are innovative and well thought
out. A VIEW TO DIE FOR offers the reader a chance to use their
own powers of deduction as they follow Annie on her journey to
narrow down the possible suspects to the only one possible who
killed Miles Van Allen.
A VIEW TO DIE FOR is Janice Rosenberg's
first mystery. Janice is already hard at work on another. A VIEW
TO DIE FOR is a tale that will draw you into the story right
from the opening line and will hold you tight on through to the
last page. Very perceptive work and very recommended.