Annie Seymour can't seem to stay out of trouble. It follows her around, even when she isn't looking for it. In Shot Girl, during a bachelorette party at a bar, shots ring out and the body of a man is found in the street. As Annie stands over the body, she recognizes the man. It's her ex-husband.
Annie divorced Ralph Seymour 15 years ago. She thought she was done with him until he shows up at the bar. Now the police suspect she's had a part in his death. While researching another story for the New Haven Herald, Annie inadvertently finds out that Ralph was in a lot of trouble with the wrong kind of people. Any one of them might have had a reason to want Ralph dead. Could it have been the stripper 'Jack Hammer'? The shady preacher? Or the missing shot girl/intern?
As if this weren't enough, some old college friends want her to join them in mourning the death of Ralph and she wants none of it. Plus, Annie's on-again-off-again boyfriend Vinnie dropped a bomb: the "L" word. How's she supposed to get to the bottom of Ralph's death and clear her name with all of this going on?
This is the 4th Annie Seymour Mystery and I'm still liking Annie Seymour. She hasn't changed much. She's still foul mouthed and tough. Sometimes though, her cynicism made me crazy. Vinnie must have the patience of a saint. I think this book shows why she is so cynical and, at times, judgmental. I was glad to see a part of her that was missing from the other novels. It showed that she really is a human being.
As always, Karen E Olson writes a fast paced and engaging story. There are so many twists and turns, it kept me guessing until the end. Told in the first person, Annie only reveals bits and pieces to the reader at a time. I always felt like she was holding back something and didn't want to put the book down until I found out what that was. And like Annie, I wanted to know what happened to Ralph.
Highly recommended for the Annie Seymour fan.
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