Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Elusive Relation - 3rd in the Emma Winberry Mystery series
Author: Helen Macie Osterman
Publisher: Gale/Five Star
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day/Chicago and London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Helen's Website/Blog: www.helenmacieosterman.com
This is the third in a series featuring Emma Winberry, a mother and grandmother along with her significant other, Nate Sandler. Emma is a fun lady who has a Guardian Angel that is always with her and sometimes doesn't get there in time to save Emma from some bumps and bruises.
Emma and Nate are all set to have a pleasant summer as their good works are coming to an end until the fall season of the Opera starts up again. But, this is not to be. Emma has a bad dream or I suppose it could be called a premonition (Sorry, I forgot to mention she also has premonitions) and sees, in her dream, an old run down house with a young girl walking around outside looking for her father. Shortly after this, Emma receives a letter that was sent to her late husband and been bounced around from place to place until the Post Office finally finds Emma in Chicago. It seems that her husband had family in England that she had never heard of and a long lost niece, Lindsey Bellingham and her cousin Isabel are in dire straits and need Emma's help. Emma and Nate go to England to see what's what and while there receive a call that Emma's granddaughter has been hurt in an accident and they go back to the states.
Soon after, Emma receives another call from Lindsay saying that Isabel has been kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding a large amount of money. Emma returns to England with a friend, Tracie Adams and investigates. Hopefully the girl will be found and, a new twist, there is a rich American who wants to buy Lindsay's house. Many stories blend together to reach the climax of this tale that will keep readers on their toes for a while.
The author's previous books in this series, The Accidental Sleuth and The Stranger in the Opera House, are excellent stories featuring Emma and Nate and their extended family. All wonderful reads for cozy fans.
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