Well it’s the second weekend of Spring but somebody forgot to tell the powers that be. We should be out and about smelling the spring flowers, enjoying the balmy weather and wearing our lighter spring attire.
Alas, both yesterday and today the fickle Wellington weather has proven to us once again that it cannot be relied upon. Yesterday we had wild winds and today we have had torrential rain and gale force winds. We have hunkered down only venturing out when absolutely necessary. Fortunately for me (and Lotte) my friend is quite happy to take her out for her walk while I sit reading my Charlie Fox novel.
I have written before about Zoe Sharp’s protagonist Charlie Fox and today I read Fifth Victim. At the end of the earlier novel – Fourth Day – Charlie’s lover Sean Mayer was critically injured and now lies in a coma. Charlie is attempting to come to terms with this as she sits at his side each day hoping for some sign of life and/or recognition from him. But he lies unmoving and unresponsive and she wonder what will become of her without him.
Her boss, Parker Armstrong head of the Close Protection Company, Armstrong-Meyer determines that Charlie needs to do something and so he assigns her to guard a rich young woman. The young woman, Dina lives in the Hamptons with her mother and fills her days riding her champion horses, shopping and attending social functions and parties. Because of a spate of kidnappings among the children of the fabulously wealthy set in which her daughter moves, her mother is fearful that she might be the next victim
While Charlie strikes up a friendly relationship with her charge she is hard put to keep her out of harm’s way and when another of the set is kidnapped and brutally murdered Charlie must unravel the mystery of who, what and why.
This is another well written, fast paced novel that is hard to put down. The very thing to fill in a wet, wild, windy, Wellington day.
Obviously, I am completely taken with Zoe Sharp’s character and can’t wait for the next book. I hope you are sitting at the computer writing away now Zoe.
- Plane passengers scream in terror as winds hit capital (stuff.co.nz)
- Wet Sunday in Wellington (growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com)