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by Joyce Holms
Allison & Busby, July 2006
288 pages
18.99 GBP
ISBN: 0749081015

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Fizz Fitzgerald, doesnít know what to expect when her elderly client Mrs Sullivan walks into her office at her law firm. Fizz, for all of her youthful appearance, has enjoyed success in her career, and although her work partner has gone out on his own as an advocate, she still manages to entangle Tam Buchanan into her cases. Mrs Sullivan, however, is a most unusual client. Most people who consult a lawyer want to be kept out of prison. Mrs Sullivan has come forward to confess to a crime.

When Amanda Montrose is murdered, an acquaintance with a long police record is arrested and convicted of the crime. Now, Mrs Sullivan has come forward, stating that Amanda was her former daughter-in-law who ruined her ex-husbandís life Ė that would be Mrs Sullivanís son.

Amanda had changed her name and moved away but Mrs Sullivan encountered her again many years later. She claims she killed Amanda, but the police donít want to listen; the case is closed and a career criminal is behind bars for life. Mrs Sullivan claims she canít let an innocent man sit in jail for the crime she herself had committed.

Fizz and Tam have been an unlikely detecting team in this series. Tam is apparently a brilliant legal mind, but is still naÔve in many ways Ė especially in the ways of romance. While itís no secret to the reader why he has not been able to sustain any type of relationship with women since meeting Fizz, it is amusing to watch his befuddlement.

Fizz, on the other hand, just feels that itís up to her to point out to Tam how unsuitable his lady friends are. This book is no exception. The two of them take Mrs Sullivanís case and truly attempt to find evidence that, as unlikely as it seems, she could have killed Amanda.

The books, and the two protagonists, are humorous and quirky. They are so smoothly written they go down like a cool drink on a hot day. Fizz is endearing and adorable and Tam is totally clueless. That doesnít mean, however, that they are not a great pair of amateur detectives and they always solve the mystery in the end.

The author wanted to have a young woman heroine who was real and typical of young women today. She admits Fizz can be pushy and annoying Ė and she is. But that does not change the fact that she is a great character. To appreciate fully the development of both characters, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series.

Reviewed by Lorraine Gelly, April 2007

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