A Kelly O’Connell Mystery
Turquoise Morning Press, 2013, 183 Pages
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
Kelly O’Connor is a mother, a wife, and a real estate salesperson, with a nose for trouble. Kelly is lucky in that she has some very good friends who help out in a pinch and Mike Shandy, her husband, is a police officer who lends a hand when necessary.
Kelly’s current project is attempting to convince reclusive diva Lorna McDavid to allow her to list Lorna’s residence or at least remodel. So far the only thing she has convinced Lorna of is that Kelly is more than capable of doing her grocery shopping and any other chores Lorna thinks up for Kelly to handle.
When Kelly begins to discover that food items in her own home are missing she goes on alert and finds that her daughter Maggie has a young girl with wrinkled clothes and stringy hair stashed in the family’s guest house. When Kelly talks to the two girls, she discovers that Jenny Wilson is terrified of her father and has run away from home and Maggie has taken her in. It seems that Jenny’s father, Todd Wilson, is supposedly in some kind of banking business and strange men come to the house at night to conduct their business. Todd also has been violent with Jenny’s mother Mona.
Keisha is Kelly’s assistant and friend and is willing to step up and help Kelly not only with Jenny’s problems, but to try to find out what is going on with Joe Mendez, another of Kelly’s protege’s. Joe is running around with his former gang friends and his wife is terrified. Keisha also steps in to help out Kelly with Lorna McDavid.
Mike helps in any way he can without putting his job as a police officer in jeopardy. Judy Alter has given this reader a fun read and I know any friend of Kelly’s would never have a dull moment.