Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Lead-Pipe Cinch - 2nd in the Georgiana Neverall Mystery series
Author: Christy Evans
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Pine Ridge Oregon and briefly, San Francisco
Overall Rating: 3.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Christy's Website/Blog: christy-evans-mystery.blogspot.com/
Plumber’s apprentice, Georgie Neverall, is keeping secrets not only from her mother, but her long-time best friend Sue, too. Her life in San Francisco is in the past and she wants to keep it that way. There’s no reason to bring up painful reminders of that time in her life. But how long and how much can she keep buried when her ex-partner shows up at her current job, the site of Chad and Astrid McComb’s future castle?
Desperate to keep her secrets, Georgie hopes Blake Weston will just do his job as a security consultant to Chad and leave her alone. Too bad for her, Blake is found quite dead on the building site. Questions are being asked, news is circulating; it’s becoming fodder for the local grapevine that she knew Blake. And keeping important information from the sheriff isn’t good and only makes her look all the more suspicious.
Not only does Georgie feel she has to look in places the sheriff isn’t, she needs to find truth behind the unfounded rumors that circulated regarding her departure from Samurai Security. Plus, new questions surrounding Blake and the company have surfaced, things that make no sense. She feels if she can answer those, she’ll have possibly found the killer. But she needs to beware.
I had slightly mixed feelings when reading Lead-Pipe Cinch. Georgie’s silent and voiced thoughts regarding Blake and the situation were a bit repetitive in the beginning. I felt they were strong enough the first time "voiced" as to give the reader a clear idea of how she felt. And the fact that she kept practically every aspect of her business and personal life in San Francisco a total secret (even from her long-time best friend) didn’t quite ring true with this reader. However, I could see where the need for secrecy and denial was in the best interest for the story and Georgie.
Ultimately the story was quite intriguing as one revealed secret after another led to one question after another, with very few answers. And even more questions developed within Georgie creating internal conflicts.
All the components for a well-crafted series are at the fingertips of Ms. Evans. As she continues the series, it will be interesting to see in which direction Georgie’s life goes, where her relationship with Wade leads (will Sean be in the picture more?), how her mother interferes and will she accept help from Georgie on a personal level, what develops between Sue and the sheriff...We’ll just have to wait and see what Ms. Evans has up her sleeve next.
P.S. If you’ve not read Sink Trap I recommend you do so before reading Lead-Pipe Cinch as the identity of the perp/villain in Sink Trap is revealed in this story.
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