Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Overkill - 2nd in the Emma Streat Mystery series
Author: Eugenia Lovett West
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: November 2009
Year/Setting: Present day, Venice and Boston
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Eugenia's Website: www.eugenialovettwest.com
An extremely beguiling and refined mystery. This bold tale, with a very confident and with-it heroine, is memorable in very way. This includes plotting, characters, intrigue and an ending that will astound you.
This is the second in a series about Emma Streat, a former opera singer and widow, who no longer is able to sing and is prone to getting into the middle of mysteries. (Much like Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame). Emma is now living in Boston and trying to get her life back on track when she hears from an assistant of her niece Vanessa Metcalf, who is also an opera singer presently giving a benefit performance in Venice, that there is a a problem concerning a suave and dashing new man in Vanessa's life that wants her to give up her career and follow him on the racing circuit. Emma sets off for Venice to try and talk some sense into her niece. She does manage to bring Vanessa home to Boston much to the chagrin of the boyfriend but Vanessa gets very ill with what seems to be the first case of avian flu in the United States. Quickly Emma is asked, by a British Lord, whom she has worked with before, to investigate the source of Vanessa's sickness and try to find out how Vanessa was infected and where. It seems that there are vials of infectious diseases that were stolen from labs in various places that the bad guys are trying to sell on the open market. After two very horrible murders, Emma has to call on her talents for making sense of very dubious ideas in order to catch an evil group that sells these stolen viruses.
This is a very fast-paced novel. I read it at one sitting and couldn't put it down. So, get yourselves a nice cup of tea, coffee or whatever and grab this book. It's the perfect counterpoint to a miserable, snowy afternoon and you won't want to look out the window once. Also, you won't be able to nap between chapters. It's that good!!!
Talk to you soon,
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