Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review of: 'Sticks and Stones' written by Thea Hartley

The second in a series of crime fiction books, [the first being Kith and Kill], Ms. Hartley steps up the intrigue here. People are being poisoned and the police are baffled as there is no obvious motive or connection between victims.

So who is doing it and why?

Resa James, a criminal psychologist and specialist in Victimology, becomes embroiled in all these cases. Especially so, when a member of her own family is targeted and put in danger of her own life as a result.

It’s all too close to home, literally.

What I love about this novel is the continuing romance between Resa and Superintendent Mike Thompson and her own up and down relationship with teenage daughter, Laura. Adding touches of humour to the plot is Resa’s mother Edna. Who appears to be acting like a teenager herself as love blossoms for the senior citizen. Edna’s off the wall quips made me smile at times, adding warmth and humour to a story with a serious subject matter, murder!

Ms. Hartley writes with so much heart and soul that I can hear the characters’ voices in my head and see the scenes unfold before me as she builds up the suspense and takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride. I love the way she has interwoven witchcraft and herbal poisons into the plot. Not your average plot granted but then again, Thea Hartley is no average writer! She’s one to watch out for in the future.

This is one novel you won’t want to miss out on. Highly recommended!

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