This is the second book in the Susan Henshaw series, and while I really liked this book and this series in particular, I have to say I like the later books in the series much better. Susan still doesn't have much of a backbone in this one, and there is one issue that is never resolved at all by the book's end, which I found very frustrating. The mystery, characters, and dialogue carry the book well, and make this series the enjoyable cozies they are.
"Second book in the Susan Henshaw series.
Susan is days away from her 40th birthday when she find out that Dawn Elliot, the neighborhood tramp, is moving back to town and all of Susan's insecurities resurface when she once again must be reminded of her husband affair with the woman. But Susan has other things on her mind as well, including the âsurprise partyâ that he husband is planning â" but that whole thing doesn't work out so well when Dawn's dead body is found behind the steering wheel of the brand new car that Jed bought Susan for the big 4-0.
With the help of her friend Kathleen, an ex-detective, the two set out to solve the mystery of Dawn and the men she was involved with, including a strange husband, but this book quickly dissolves into naughty neighborhood goings on and storylines that could only be described as soap-operaeque. I don't know why I continued on with the series, other than its throw back to kinder gentler days of Dallas and Knot's Landing.
Susan Henshaw turns 40 and her surprise birthday party includes a dead body. Part of a good series
Down-to-earth housewife Susan Henshaw is turning forty - and feeling ancient. Adding insult to injury is the unfortunate return of gorgeous local hussy Dawn Eliot, rumored to have slept with half the neighborhood of quiet Hancock, Connecticut..the married half anyway.
To lift her sagging spirits, Susan's loving husband throws her a surprise party to end all surprise parties. And for one guest, it was the end. Dawn turns up dead, giving new meaning to the phrase "party Pooper."
I think I enjoyed this book, which is second in the series, even more than the first one! :-D
I enjoy Valerie Wolzien's mysteries. This is her 2nd one.
Another fun read in the Susan Henshaw series. I really like this author.