During a long weekend sojourn to
to watch rugby Anna’s emotional state is further challenged. Brisbane
First, there is a horrific episode involving a drunken
fan and a canal and bull sharks. The water holds many dangers. New Zealand
Second, a dignified senior citizern, Manu Williams, from their group crashes to his death in a fall from the balcony of his hotel room.
During the visit Rory is offered the chance to come to
to replace Guy Baxter who is taking a year sabbatical from his law practice. Rory is tempted by the prospect of getting away from the firm disaster in Brisbane and starting afresh. Anna wonders if there is a place for her in Rory’s professional life, she is a skilled paralegal, and more important in is personal life if he moves to New Zealand . Australia
Wanting to see Manu properly taken care of in death Anna looks for his relatives. None can be found. It is soon apparent that Manu was not the Maori man she thought him. Even determining his real identity becomes so complex that Anna is deeply suspicious of his past.
Within her own family the baby born to Anna’s daughter leads, for specific reasons, Jamie to explore an old family photo. The result of the search is astonishing.
Ultimately blocked in her quest for Manu’s actual name Anna calls upon the forensic accountant, Lyall, who is probing the finances of Rory’s firm. Following the money she asks him to delve into the source of the substantial funds of Manu.
Anna, in her prickly personality and use of financial information, reminds me of V.I. Warshawski and, to a lesser degree, Kinsey Milhone.
Despite rising turmoil as she probes Anna cannot give up finding out about Manu.
The mystery moves back and forth between
and Australia . The differences between the climates are heavily accentuated. New Zealand is a wet, cold, often dreary green land. New Zealand Northern Australia is a brown arid land baking in the overwhelming heat. I had not heard of blue sky blues until I read the book.
I found myself dividing the mystery into four sections. The setting up of the characters and mystery was interesting. The second part dragged for me as the mystery plot line almost disappeared amidst the family stories. The third part was a gripping build up of tension. The fourth part, the conclusion, was abit
for me though convincingly told. Hollywood
Anna is a strong character. At 43 she has been battered by life but she manages her woes. She is neither super woman nor a crumbled wreck. I want to read more of Anna. I hope the controversy over her author being revealed as a man after this book was published does not end the series. I was surprised at the impact upon me of knowing the book was written by a man. I will explore that issue in a coming post.
It is not easy finding
mysteries in New Zealand Western Canada. I will keep looking for them. (June 5/12)