The Widow Catcher
by Jonette Blake
February 1-28, 2021 Tour
Days before she quits her job, she is invited to a book club meeting, run by a local celebrity. This seems like a beacon of hope, one last chance to do something for herself before she leaves it all behind.
But this isn’t a random invitation.
Delia has been carefully selected by a serial killer to play her part in the murders of elderly widows.
Finding herself caught in a web of blackmail and murder, Delia is now keen to leave this town behind. But the killer doesn’t want to let her go.
This is an enjoyable mystery that combines a little humor with methodical character development and a good dose of suspense at the end. I felt the plot represented a normal situation, like it could be the life of someone I knew. Delia comes across as a regular person with a job, a husband she bickers with, kids she's afraid she has alienated. And she unknowingly gets caught up in a very dangerous situation, ending up wondering if she'll be the murderer's next victim.
The novel is one older readers will enjoy, especially those anticipating retirement. You'll probably identify with many of Delia's concerns except, I hope, the one about being murdered. Blake's writing style is easy to read and includes some enjoyable clever phrases and plot turns.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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She was born in Ireland and grew up in Australia. She lived through the 80s and music is still a big part of her life. When she is not writing, she plays her piano and guitar, listens to music, reads, and enjoys the beach.
She has held jobs in administration, sales and marketing, has worked in HR, payroll, and as a bank teller. Her latest novel The Widow Catcher is based on the coastal town she lives in and her own bank teller experience.
Her books are standalone titles.
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