Quick and the Dead
By Susan Moody
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
In this first book of the Alex Quick Mystery Series,
Alex, a former police detective, at the age of 33 ruminates of being “in danger
of becoming a maiden aunt,” unlike her business partner, Dr. Helena Drummond,
who at 50 as art historian and university professor, lives a vibrant life,
albeit with somewhat of a mysterious past.
“My mobile buzzed. Quick here, I said.
‘Alex, darling.’ It was Dr. Helena Drummond, my
collaborator. My friend. And, in several ways, my savior.
‘Hi, Helena!’ I couldn’t help smiling. It was the
effect she always had on me.”
They spoke of their appointment with a publisher at
10:30 the next morning, as well as Helena’s evening social plans.
“’And don’t be late,’ Alex warned her.
‘I won’t be – unless I’m kidnapped or something,’
Helena said, going on to repeat once more that she was being stalked.
Since Helena tended to be dramatic my flippant reply
was to ‘Tell him to come back the day after tomorrow.”
When on the next day Helena did not show at the
appointment, nor answer her phone, Alex regretted not taking Helena more
Readers will find this mystery literate, witty, and
intriguing, as it challenges them to decipher the events that uncover many of
Helen’s past secrets in this complex plot.