It’s an absolute thrill when readers get introduced to a heroine that is beyond strong. From Kinsey Millhone to Eve Dallas, the hard-hitting women always please, and there is never enough of them. However, with this debut author’s first novel, she has definitely followed in the footsteps of the great female writers with their determined female detectives, and readers are going to have a ball. Introducing…Fina Ludlow.
The story takes place in the “Cradle of Liberty”, and as most know, there are some parts of Boston that should never be entered without having a lion on a leash by their side. However, the Ludlow family loves Boston and has made a name for themselves by being top-notch lawyers, except for one. Fina didn’t want to be a lawyer, so she chose to work for her family as a Private Investigator, and is very good at her job.
In this tale, Fina’s sister-in-law has disappeared, and Carl Ludlow (Fina’s father), wants her to solve the case without having to deal with any police interference. As Fina begins to look into the case, however, she comes across a bevy of secrets, lies and betrayals that are at the core of her dysfunctional family. But as she digs even deeper, she discovers some seriously dangerous links between the Ludlows and Boston’s more ‘criminal’ element. These links run from a local mobster to a local madam, and as the story progresses, Fina reaches out to her loyal friend, Detective Christian Menendez, and her masseur, Milloy, to help her figure out who or what caused her sister-in-law’s disappearance.
This novel is beyond gripping, and describing the characters as well-written or fascinating simply doesn’t cut it. This is one of those books that a reviewer reads and wants nothing more than to offer up all the twists and turns, because they are absolutely delectable. However, not wanting to spoil anything, the review will stop here. All that can be said is that it’s a true blessing to have Fina Ludlow join the team of fun, intricate and spell-binding female detectives in the literary world. Readers will welcome her with open arms!
Until Next Time, Everybody,