"Mayhem, Murder, Romance & Reunions are Captured in Sorenson”
(Tuesday, June 17, 2014)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
Mattie Winston is in a muddle. Since she lost her job as Deputy Coroner two months ago, she has been re-hired and is seeing Psychiatrist Maggie Baldwin on the insistence of her friend, landlord and once-again boss, Izzy, who has been extremely worried about her. Mattie has been through quite a bit of emotional trauma, with the discovery of her now-ex-husband David’s philandering plus lots of financial problems to solve-and then there’s Hurley. That’s hunky Detective Steve Hurley to be exact—who makes Mattie’s heart sing and her mind turn to mush. Izzy has a non-fraternization rule and asks her to choose between her job and her romance. Mattie, before Izzy re-hired her, thought she was being hired as an ER Nurse, so she chose, you guessed it, R-O-M-A-N-C-E, with someone near but, oh so not dear, squashing the opportunity. If nothing else, Mattie is resilient—until Hurley’s supposed-to-be ex shows up with his teenage daughter! Mattie takes refuge at a nearby casino, drowning her sorrows in chips and faded memories. She avoids contact with Hurley, even as she’s commandeered at the grocery store parking lot by frantic local Mortician, Irene Keller, who is afraid her beloved, but quite befuddled due to dementia, Husband Bjorn has killed someone at the Twilight Nursing Home where he resides. When the lifeless body of CEO and Nursing Home owner, Bernard Chase is discovered in the men’s room, all fingers point in poor Bjorn’s direction, especially with the more than possible murder weapon in sight! Did Bjorn really murder this unpopular soul? If poor, muddled Bjorn didn’t do the deed, than who did? The evening charge nurse/Bernie’s Girlfriend, Regan Simmons? His cold-as-ice Wife, Vonda? The Author has woven a wildly tangled web which encompasses mayhem, chuckles and more than a few surprises. If you have not become acquainted with Mattie and the gang, I strongly suggest that you do—lots of intrigue and laughs are always the order of the day. I can’t wait for the next volume—I’m betting you will agree.