Reviewer: Janet Davies
Title: Under Lock and Key: The Rona Shively Stories
Author: Rebecca Benston
Release Date: July 2007
Year/Setting: Present day - Nevada
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Rebecca's Website: www.benstonwrites.homestead.com
Rona Shively is in a bad mood. She is a private investigator that has no money, the bills are overdue and she is no idea what she feels about her boyfriend Norm. She needs to take on a job fast.
A case to track down a missing woman is just what Rona needs. What she does not need is her ex-lover Trey Marsden accused of murder or her cheated on sister and kids arriving to spend some time with her. This complicates her life and the investigation.
Just who is Sally Jacoby? The more Rona investigates the missing woman’s life the more she realizes all is not what it seems. Nor is Rona’s relationship with Norm. Who is the woman he is with?
I read the first one in the series, however Under Lock and Key can be read as a stand alone book. Rona is a tough character who is hardened by experience. She is reluctant to show any vulnerability. It was interesting to see how she reacted differently with each of the secondary characters in her life. The soft, caring character of Norm is a good foil to Rona.
In parts, I found the story dragged slightly. However I liked the open ending where you are left wondering what Rona will do with the mismatched pieces of her life.
Under Lock and Key is a real story about real people – flaws and all. If you are looking for a book with an edge that makes no apologies for it, then this is the book for you.
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