Archive for 'Hunt, Morgan'
Alyson Books – Paperback
April 1st 2008
FOOL ON THE HILL is the second book in the Tess Camillo series. Tess is a 40-something computer programmer who lives in San Diego and discovers the body of musician Cody Crowne on her morning walk. Tess decides to dig into Crowne’s life and possible motives for his murder because her housemate, Lana, is a longtime Crowne admirer and because Crowne’s death is so unusual – he had been crucified and left in a public park. While religion seems the obvious motive in this unusual killing, Crowne affected the lives of many people during his long career, and not all of them appreciate it.
Tess is helped in her investigations by her housemate, Lana, with whom she has an unusual relationship. Former lovers, Tess and Lana, stayed friends after Lana fell in love with a man and gave up on being bisexual. Since neither of the women have had great success in the romance department, the two live together amicably to combat the high cost of living in Southern California. Though they have very different temperments, the women share a strong bond and Tess hasn’t given up hope that Lana will return to her someday.
The mystery in this book is good and has some delightful red herrings to tantalize the reader, but the character development is what really makes it a winner. I would guess that Hunt followed the old adage to “write what you know” and incorporated a lot of autobiographical information into the character of Tess. Tess’ search for companionship while she hopes for Lana to return to her, her physical and emotional recovery from a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer, and the wonderful internal dialogues she has with herself on such topics as being a middle-aged woman on the outside but a bad-ass, leather-clad, rock music loving rebel on the inside (the latter thought triggered in response to a young man calling her “ma’am”) all ring true. Even if you aren’t a middle-aged California lesbian, I think you will see some part of yourself in Tess because her emotions are so universal and captured so well by Hunt.
Favorite character? The remarkable Tess. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? Definitely.
Check out Morgan’s web site at www.morganhuntbooks.com.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com ©2008