Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: Murder on the Interstate by Jean Henry Mead

Buckle up for a multi-state mystery that will have you turning pages faster than you can say "retirement."

In this third book of Jean Henry Mead's Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense series, baby boomers Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty grab the attention of homegrown terrorists when they stop to assist a car accident victim.

It doesn't take them long to discover the woman is dead, and it wasn't the accident that killed her. When Dana is kidnapped, she makes it her mission to figure out why this woman died and to bring her killer to justice. She has no idea what she has just stepped into.

Jean is a new client of mine through Pump Up Your Book. I haven't read the first two books in this series, but it isn't necessary because Murder on the Interstate is a perfect stand alone novel: just enough backstory to bring readers up to speed with the characters and lots of action and adventure to propel the current story forward.

Blended with humor and light romance, this mystery/suspense novel offers a well-written story, a unique plot, and superbly drawn characters. In addition to Dana and Sarah, Dana's daughter Kerrie, an investigative reporter, gets pulled in to help the ladies uncover clues. Toss in Walter, a love-smitten sheriff who is trying to make his relationship with Dana a more permanent one, and you have tension in many more ways than one.

What I love about Murder on the Interstate is that it portrays older woman as being resourceful, intelligent, and nowhere close to kicking up their feet and letting the world pass them by. Dana and Sarah are both sixty years old. While they might need a nap here or there, they still manage to get involved in car chases, escape kidnappers,and be thorns in the sides of the bad guys. Dana and Sarah's friendship is wonderfully portrayed, and it's nice to see their similiarities and differences blended so well.

If you're looking for adventure, if you're looking for a well-plotted mystery, if you're looking for a story with memorable characters, you don't need to look any further than Murder on the Interstate by Jean Henry Mead.

Title:  Murder on the Interstate
Author: Jean Henry Mead
Publisher: Oak Tree Press
ISBN-10: 1610090144
ISBN-13: 978-1610090148

The author paid a fee to have her book promoted by a virtual book tour through Pump Up Your Book. The fee did not include a review. I received no monetary compensation to provide my honest opinion.

This post first appeared at The Book Connection.

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