Murder by Proxy is the second book in the series by Suzanne Young featuring the thoroughly lovable but inquisitive Edna Davies whose investigative nature always lands her in the middle of trouble. Suspicion and suspense surround her at every turn as Edna, once again, takes us on an exciting quest to find a killer; this time in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains of Colorado! Like its predecessor Murder by Yew, Proxy is every bit as engaging. Young is a natural at keeping the reader guessing and she does a superb job doing so right to the end.
In Murder by Proxy, Edna travels to Colorado where her youngest son and new daughter-in-law live. Edna, once again, finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation, though at least this time she is not the prime suspect. When Edna is approached by Ernie, the PI on the case, he asks for her help in finding a missing co-worker and friend of Grant’s. Grant warns Edna not to get involved but true to Edna’s nature, she just can’t help herself.
Young keeps us guessing almost from the moment we begin reading. With multiple suspects, every one of them hiding something, and any number of skeletons in the closet, Young creates a page turning plot that is not easy to put down. Of course, it’s what the characters are not saying that is the most telling.
Young’s characters are well rounded and believable. Edna Davies is as endearing as she is curious which is probably why she finds herself in so many compromising and dangerous situations? The reader is bound to Edna through sheer loyalty for her cleverness and devotion for finding the truth. She’s the kind of grandmother you want to have around just for the excitement alone. Young’s male characters, whether good or bad, are rich in personality as well. Although, I find myself wondering if Edna and Albert will ever settle down to live out their retirement years with each other since they are never in the same state at the same time. Murder by Proxy is a five star read from beginning to end!
Murder by Proxy is published by Mainly Murder Press and released on February 1, 2011. It is available for purchase at MainlyMurderPress.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at other select bookstores. Suzanne is currently working on the third installment of the Edna Davies mysteries entitled “Murder by Mistake.”
Suzanne Young was born and raised in Rhode Island. As a young teenager, Suzanne Young spent several summers on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire and currently lives in Colorado. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime and the prestigious Denver Woman’s Press Club.
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