Red Roses For a Dead Trucker
Anna Ashwood Collins
Abby Doyle is an efficiency expert
with a somewhat less than perfect driving record who also has
been known to solve a crime or two. Driving a 'make do' rental
to the ritzy Catskills resort 'The Babbling Brook Inn,' now that
Avis and Hertz will no longer rent to her Abby finds herself
explaining to the police that the reason she is sitting in a
ditch is not her choice. Abby meets an old friend at the resort,
however Todd Mason dies before he can tell Abby why he asked
her to meet him in the out of the way spot. Abby is sure there
is more to Todd's death than meets the eye. From time to time
Todd has been known to delve into a bit of intrigue himself.
When Todd's mother insists that Abby investigate the circumstances
surrounding her son's death Abby is anxious to learn everything
she can about Todd and what he may have been working on.
Before the story ends Doyle will
come close to death herself, uncover a cover-up, learn more about
Todd than she wanted to know and come to grips with what she
herself has had to do to keep herself alive.
Writer Collins' "Red Roses
For a Dead Trucker" presents a fast paced conundrum sure
to captivate the most discerning mystery reader. From the opening
lines in which Abby sets the scene for us with headlights looming
closer and closer in her mirror to the end paragraph as she sits
and chats with her grown daughter this work by Collins will hold
the reader fast.
Collins' characters are well
developed. Dialogue is often hard-hitting, bitter and acrimonious.
"Red Roses For a Dead Trucker" is filled with a rich
mélange set against a tapestry of sights, sounds, exciting
locales and intrigue. Set in the first person the narrative
does not weaken as writer Collins carries the reader from remote
thinly populated Catskills to New York City with all the noise
and tumult to be found in one of the largest cities in the nation.
First person is not an easy form to accomplish. Collins pulls
it off with aplomb.
"Red Roses For a Dead Trucker"
is an exciting little work perfect for a rainy evening spent
sitting in front of the fire place.