Death by Candlelight
Billie A Williams
Read ... Recommended ... 4 stars
Naturally candle maker Danielle
Maynard Ord is a suspect when her abusive husband is found dead
with the remains of a candle nearby. The police soon determine
that Danielle and Randy have not been married long. The young
couple had a history of problems centering around Randy's drinking
and abuse of Danielle. When it is discovered that Randy is the
scion of a wealthy family and Dannielle is a bar maid then of
course Danielle must have married him for his money.
Detective Sandy Marsh finds himself
drawn to the pregnant widow as he works to solve the case surrounding
the circumstances of Randy Ord's death. Homeless Blanche Stewart
and her carefully penned journal, the overbearing Beatrice Ord,
Danielle's arrogant mother-in-law, a man named Delegano and his
cohorts with colorful names: Horse, Mace and Shorty all figure
in this romantic thriller. The murderer may surprise you, the
motive behind the death may surprise you more.
Writer Williams has produced
a satisfying mystery in her offering: "Death by Candlelight".
Set primarily in Durango, Colorado "Death by Candlelight"
will hold the reader's interest in this fast paced romantic-mystery
Williams' group of characters
are interesting, human and believable. Danielle and her waffling
about Randy's abuse toward her is something many abused women
will no doubt understand. The supercilious mother-in-law is the
woman none of us hope to meet.
Filled with enough detail, twists
and turns along with snappy dialogue "Death by Candlelight"
presents a puzzle for the reader as the story encompassing Randy
Ord unravels to reveal the actual murderer. The romantic twist
between Sandy Marsh and Danielle adds to the reader's enjoyment.
Watch the red herrings, they
are meant to cause you problems!
A good book for a long winter
evening alone in front of a roaring fire and the cat asleep on