Monday, June 16, 2014
A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEATH by JUDI CULBERTSON
This is my first Delhi Laine mystery. Aside from the distraction of it causing the Beatles' "Penny Lane" to run through my mind while reading it, I did enjoy the story.
The plot begins when Delhi, her husband Colin Fitzhugh, and daughters Jane, and four-year-old twins Caitlin and Hannah are living in Stratford-upon-Avon, England for an archeology professors seminar. At the time Delhi is pregnant with their fourth child, Jason. One idyllic day in the park by the river Caitlin disappears and is presumed to have drowned. She has never been found. The family returned to New York and now Hannah is in college. Jane is launched on a career in New York City. The fallout? Hannah Is overweight and feels like she wasn't loved as much as her twin, and Delhi and Colin live separately although there are no plans for divorce. Delhi has remained in the comfort of old books by running a used book store and online service.
Then Delhi receives a message: "Your daughter didn't drown."
Is it possible? Could she still be alive? Colin and Hannah are opposed to searching for her after so many years, but Delhi and Jane are determined to solve the mystery and, if Caitlin is alive, find her and bring her home. The mystery is relatively simple but obstacles come up at every turn.
One tiny quibble I have won't bother anyone else. Colin is a professor at Princeton and Jane went to "Douglas" but dropped out in her sophomore year to get married. I suppose that means she went to Douglass College at Rutgers University, my alma mater. Maybe Culberson should have just made up a name?
I would suggest this for a hot afternoon's reading. The snowy scenes should cool you off.
Source: Partners in Crime Book Tours