Genevieve Delacourt’s private detective cases veer from missing pets to misbehaving husbands, so when a mysterious woman knocks on her door asking her to rekindle a cold case, Gen agrees. Sophie Keene was given a painting depicting a woman that bears an uncanny resemblance to her missing sister, Shannon. The catch? Shannon has been missing for twenty years and the painting is unsigned. With Oliver, her cross-dressing, ever supporting friend as her sidekick, Gen hits the road seeking answers to simple questions which, however, make key players squirm. Although she feels danger looming, she presses on. It’s easier to get to the bottom of a life-threatening case than look at the bottom of her heart and let Detective Mackenzie Hackett know where they really stand. Yes, trust doesn’t come easy to Gen.
I read and rated Rapunzel – Gen Delacourt Mystery #2 with five stars. Now what am I supposed to do with this book? This one is even better! Molly Greene generously offers insight into her heroine’s psyche who we see growing both professionally and emotionally. Together with Oliver they make an unusual but adorable duo whose clashing personalities complement each other in a unique way. Yet again, Mollly has penned a multi-player story, casting shadows of doubt to each one of the players, throwing the reader off more than once. As with the previous books, the tension is slow-building, interspersed with glimpses to Gen’s personal and social life through her relationship with the ever patient Mack and also Oliver (Livvie). I found their bond heart-warming, and I particularly appreciated the delicate way Molly handled Oliver’s growing into his own skin (literally in his case). Add to that rich in detail descriptions of the enchanting city of Carmel-by-the-sea in California, great banter and excellent writing, and you get a fantastic mystery that you won’t be able to put down. I highly recommend it!
Molly Greene is a blogger, blog coach, and author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her titles include Blog It! The author’s guide to building a successful online brand, and the Gen Delacourt Mystery series, Mark of the Loon, Rapunzel, and Paint Me Gone. She writes about her life and self-publishing topics at www.molly-rreene.com. Stop by and say hello there, or visit her on Twitter • Goodreads • Facebook and Google+