REVIEW: A CIRCLE OF WIVES, BY ALICE LAPLANTE

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A Palo Alto plastic surgeon is found dead in an upscale hotel room, apparently of a heart attack. But further investigation reveals that foul play has been involved.Detective Samantha Adams has been assigned to the case, and the more she digs into the matter, the more complicated it all becomes. For Dr. John Taylor has not only one wife, Deborah, a society matron, but two others: M.J. Taylor and Alice Richter. And supposedly it was all okay with Wife Number One, who had apparently helped orchestrate everything, including the schedule he had to keep in order to pull it off.

A Circle of Wives is narrated in alternating chapters by the three “wives” and the detective. The more we find out about each of the women, about the doctor himself, and then about a surprisingly unexpected complexity that surfaces later, the more we cannot wait for the mystery to be solved.

Short chapters filled with suspense kept me reading, and the characters’ back stories helped create motives for each of them. So who really did kill the plastic surgeon, and how would Samantha figure it out?

This is my first novel by this author, but I’ll be picking up more of her books. 5 stars.

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