||Jan 1 2001
Book One in the Fay Cunningham Mystery Series
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A Dangerous Woman
"Lock your doors and turn on all the lights. A murderer is on the
loose in central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley. Or was it
murder? Fay Cunningham, newspaper publisher, is determined to find
"Having taken a leave-of-absence from her newspaper, The Susquehanna
Valley Daily, Fay is determined to lose weight, quit smoking, and
completely turn her life around. As part of her new regime, she took
on the task of delivering newspapers on foot. All is well - until
she attempts to deliver a newspaper to her godfather, Joe Wise, and
is met at the door by a mysterious young blonde.
"Who is the young woman barring the doorway, and where is Joe? Will
Fay's friend and mentor, Mitch Malone, help her uncover the truth?
Surely, Joe didn't fire Ethel, his elderly housekeeper, in favor of
some young slip of a gal? The answers to all these questions and
others that will arise can be found in the pages of A Dangerous
A murder in a small town.
A Dangerous Woman
A DANGEROUS WOMAN
By: Debra Lee
Review by: Sue Hartigan
Member of RIO
All About Murder Reviews
4 ˝ daggers
Fay Cunningham is a middle aged, fourty pound overweight, menopausal,
divorcee who is trying to quit a twenty-year, pack a day smoking habit.
She has a daughter in college, and is the publisher of the town’s very
successful newspaper. She recently handed over her newspaper duties,
for the time being, to see if she still wants to continue doing it. In
the meantime she is delivering the papers herself to get closer to her
customers, help her with her depression, and to lose the weight she has
gained from not smoking. Fay Cunningham is what a lot of us are, a
lady trying to find herself. But she is also much more than that. She
is also a very loyal, and trustworthy friend. And so on a rainy,
dreary day, when she went to the door of Joe Wise, one of her closest
friends, to deliver his newspaper, and a strange woman, very rudely
answered the door, saying that Joe isn’t there, Fay becomes very
Leaving Joe’s house she goes to the “gossip corner”, a nearby restaurant
in town, and finds the former police chief, Mitch Malone, there having
lunch. Not someone she is particularly happy to see at the moment.
Through the bantering back and forth with Mitch, Fay finds out about the
death of Joe’s brother, Thomas. There is some question as to if his
death was an accident or possibly murder. Although Fay and Thomas were
not exactly on friendly terms, Fay is very curious as to how the man had
died. Then all of a sudden another body shows up, that of Joe’s
housekeeper, Ethel. Things are really getting out of hand. Where is
Joe? Who is that strange woman in Joe’s house? What happened to
Thomas? Who killed Ethel, and why? Things are getting very interesting
when out of a clear blue sky; Fay’s daughter calls, from college, and
says she is getting married. But to whom?
I have got to say that I was hooked on A DANGEROUS WOMAN when I read the
very first paragraph. And Ms. Lee did not let me go. She has created a
character, in Fay Cunningham, that most of us can relate to. A funny,
not so perfect, but warm woman, who is trying to find herself after a
devastating divorce. A woman who is so loyal to her friends that she
puts own problems on the back burner, to make sure that they are
alright, and not in harm’s way. Bumbling along, but not giving up when
things don’t quite go the way that she wants them to.
A DANGEROUS WOMAN is a wonderful cozy, mystery that you will just want
to curl up with, and forget the rest of the world, as Ms Lee pulls you
into Fay’s world. And you will not be sorry, because you will laugh,
you will cry, you will bite your nails. Ms. Lee writes in such a
fashion that it is easy to get to know Fay, and all of the other
characters that she brings into the story. The plot keeps your
interest, and makes you want to keep going. The characters are alive,
and breathing. And you can’t help but relate to the wonderful heroin,
If I could order up a friend, with all the qualities I desired, I would
want a friend just like Fay Cunningham. And, I know, after reading A
DANGEROUS WOMAN you will too.
I just can’t say enough about this wonderful book. I just hope that
this isn’t the last Fay Cunningham mystery. A DANGEROUS WOMAN is much
too good to not have a sequel. And believe me when, and if, it appears,
I will be the first one in line to get it. And anymore thereafter.
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