Thursday, December 3, 2009

Diary of a Confessions Queen-Kathy Carmichael

Diary of a Confessions Queen
Kathy Carmichael
Medallion, Feb 1 2010, $15.95
ISBN 9781605420950

Seven years ago in Kansas, Dan Crosby vanished without a trace. His wife Amy, who writes fictional “confessions” articles for True Lies magazine, has not heard a word from him since he disappeared. She prepares to file a legal motion declaring him dead so she can move on with her life and collect his life insurance before she loses their home

However, Amy receives a note from an extortionist demanding she gives him or her $2000 or the blackmailer will prove Dan is alive. Used to taking on the roles of the made-up characters whose confessions she writes about, Amy refuses to pay the blackmailer. Soon afterward, her home is broken into and vandalism begins. Police Detective Brad Tyler, who worked her husband’s missing person’s case to no avail and Dan’s friend Jerome Keller try to help the almost widow. When someone murders Jerome, Amy becomes the prime suspect in his murder and under suspicion for doing away with her husband; though his corpse was never found.

Filled with an eccentric cast especially the lead female, whose opening commentary of “My husband took out the garbage and never came back”, sets the tone for a fun wacky suspense thriller. Although the killer is over the top of Mount Sunflower, fans will enjoy the antics of a heroine who plays the roles of her true confession characters and the cop fixated on her.

Harriet Klausner