Review: Best Defense by Randy Rawls

Best DefenseBest Defense

Randy Rawls

ISBN 978-0-7387-3461-3

Paperback / 288 pages

Midnight Ink Books

November, 2013RandyRawls

Reviewed by Patricia K. Batta

South Florida Private Investigator Beth Bowman goes the home of her client, Sabrina Hammonds, to turn in her report. When she finds Sabrina and her maid dead, she is certain the killer is Sabrina’s husband, John, who Sabrina had hired her to tail. John, a respected and highly successful defense attorney, convinces Beth he loved and was faithful to Sabrina. He then asks Beth to help him get back his missing five year old daughter, Ashley, whatever the cost to him. He insists the police stand down and take their lead from Beth.

Beth knows she has little chance of success on her own, and little chance of finding Ashley alive if she doesn’t move quickly. She enlists the city’s homeless population to be her eyes and ears on the street and eventually earns the grudging help of the police. The heat is turned up when the kidnappers threaten to sell Ashley to the highest bidder if all doesn’t go as they demand.

The book begins with somewhat repetitive back-story, but it soon moves into a fast-paced narrative that keeps the reader guessing about what will happen next.

One can only hope the background information given on the street people who rally to support Beth and Beth’s growing respect for the detective with whom she works most closely indicate the author plans future books featuring this unique group of crime busters.

Review: Lonely Hearts by John Harvey

Lonely HeartsLonely Hearts

John Harvey

Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1989, 282 Pages

ISBN No. 0-8050-5494-4John Harvey


Reviewed by Gina R. Metz


When Shirley Peters is found strangled, it initially appears to be an open and shut case when the police arrest her common-law husband, Tony Macliesh.  He has a history of violence, a police record, is insanely jealous and they’ve been split up for eighteen months.  Shirley also had a restraining order against him.


However they soon find out that Tony is not guilty when the second woman is murdered while they have Tony in custody.  As they dig deeper into both murders they find that the only things the two women have in common is that they had shared an interest in the local newspaper’s Lonely Hearts column.


Lonely Hearts introduces the reader to Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick.  There are eleven books currently in the Resnick series and I look forward to reading all of them.  Lonely Hearts left me wanting to read more about DI Charlie Resnick and his team.