From Publishers Weekly
With Los Angeles true-crime writer Molly Blume (yes, she gets teased about that a lot), Agatha Award winner Krich (Shadows of Sin and four other Jessie Drake mysteries) introduces a smart new heroine in a new suspense series. Molly finds her stories everywhere and has learned to respect that tingle that tells her she's onto something. When a newspaper snippet about a young woman nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver snags her attention, Molly plunges headfirst into the story. It's a bit like falling into the rabbit hole, for the more she learns about the victim, the less she understands. The young woman may have been a tragic figure who killed her infant son while suffering a postpartum psychosis, or a very clever manipulator who planned the murder even before the child was born. She may have committed suicide in the hospital, or she may have been murdered. Molly's onion-peeling investigation will appeal to those who read mysteries for the pleasure of solving an intricate puzzle. Equally appealing, enough to make us wish for more, is the affectionate portrait of a large, boisterous Jewish family. Everyone needs a wise grandmother like Molly's. A sideline love story is a bit of a throwaway, but the fascinating look inside the culture and rituals of Orthodox Judaism more than makes up for it. Krich nicely captures the sense of community that religious faith can create, and she skillfully paints the special beauty of the desert landscape outside L.A.
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Molly Blume is a modern Orthodox Jew who just happens to be a true-crime writer. It's an unusual combination, perhaps, but Molly (and Krich) makes it work--as well here as in past Blume mysteries. In this one, about devotion misplaced and forgiveness well earned, the mysterious circumstances surrounding a hit-and-run victim force the inquisitive Molly to reexamine a past tragedy that involves the same players as the current conundrum. As Blume fans have come to expect, no matter how tantalizing the mystery, dedicated Molly always finds time to celebrate her faith and visit with her family. This time she also takes an opportunity to wrestle with the possibility that the new rabbi, who broke her heart when they were teens, is worthy of another chance. By the close, the villains, of course, come to light, but the romance with the rabbi, though promising, still isn't a done deal. Give this engaging mystery to patrons who like a milder sort of suspense, with ample religious context. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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