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This is the sixth book in the Winston Radhauser mystery series by Susan Clayton-Goldner. Another excellent mystery.
A young boy falls from his really nice treehouse to be impaled on one of the pointed stakes in the wrought-iron fence surrounding the tree. A few days later his parents hold a memorial service for him at the treehouse to which several of his classmates including his best friend and other interested parties are invited. The next morning his mother is found dead amid the flowers of the memorial his classmates had set up. Her husband insists she committed suicide in grief over her son’s loss. But Detective Winston Radhauser isn’t so sure. And soon the medical examiner is able to confirm his suspicions that Blair Bradshaw was most likely murdered.
There is no shortage of suspects; her marriage was in trouble, and her criminal-defense lawyer husband was having an affair with an intern from his office. Her brother, whose existence she had only recently learned of, was about to jointly inherit the vineyard he and his father had been running on the impending death of his father, and Blair wanted him to sell it so she would have some money to leave her husband. There were people she worked with at the local Shakespeare company where she was a leading actress.
But to find her killer, Radhauser has to go back to a much earlier era of her life.
At least as interesting in this book is a side-story involving Tommy Bradshaw’s best friend and a little boy who was kidnapped in infancy ten years earlier. Another really interesting character is Blair Bradshaw’s mother, Sunflower Finney, an old hippie from ‘way back who is still keeping the faith even though the rest of her family has abandoned her.
Thanks to the author for a free review copy of this book.
Each new Winston Radhauser story is a breath of fresh air. There's always something new to grab the reader. Mysteries and subplots run in every direction, a new murder case provides a telling clue for a cold case Winston still works. Several new and very unique characters appear in this one, and the descriptions are spot on. I anxiously await each new story, and I am never disappointed.
Blair Bradshaw's 10 year old son fell from his tree house to his death. Several days later she is found dead near the tree house. It appears to be suicide, but evidence proves it is murder. This is another great story from this author. Detective Radhauser is in charge of investigating the murder. The next door neighbor finds out a secret about his dead wife and his son. There are parts of the story that bring tears to your eyes. I was hooked on the novel from the beginning.
The books I read by Susan Clayton-Goldberg only get better. This book was excellent. I couldn't put the book down. The characters and plot of the story is so good in all of Susan's books. Thank you Susan for all the good stories and making them easy to read.
Another excellent read. The setting just pops and the twists and turns keep coming. Love the empathy displayed in Radhauser as well as his commitment to the victims. I highly recommend the series. Please keep them coming.