Revenge for Old Times’ Sake by Kris Neri is the third book in the “Tracy Eaton” mystery series. Publisher: Cherokee McGhee, March 2010

Free-spirited Tracy cheers when her stuffy husband, Drew, loosens up enough to rearrange the nose of his boorish boss, Ian Dragger. But Drew’s timing couldn’t be worse. When Ian is found floating face down in the Eatons’ pool, Drew is the prime suspect. Yet Ian made enemies like the mint makes money, and other suspects abound, starting with Ian’s wife, who was at odds with her husband’s affluent lifestyle, not to mention the rumored affair, and sleazy journalist Nick Wickerson, of “Nick Wick’s Sin City” TV fame, whom Ian humiliated in court.

Still, Tracy expects to clear Drew in short order. But that’s before help arrives—in form of her own mother, over-the-top movie actress Martha Collins, and her rigid-with-dignity mother-in-law, Charlotte Eaton. And when the mothers get together, the fireworks go off. Obstacles mount higher still when Drew’s ex-flame, attorney CeeCee Payne, deals herself into the game. But CeeCee’s peculiar behavior raises too many questions. Does she want Drew back? Or is CeeCee after revenge, since her actions threaten to condemn him to a life behind bars.

When the bodies in the Eaton pool start stacking up like timber in a logging camp, Tracy knows that nothing less than her wildest antics will do. But as the blows keep coming Drew’s way, Tracy fears that even her craziness won’t be enough to save him.

What a fun book to read on a hot, humid and hazy day. When Tracy’s husband is jailed for the murder of his boss, Tracy along with family and friends are on the trail to find the killer and set Drew free. I love the characters, especially Tracy and Martha and the witty humor that is found throughout the pages. I hope book #4 is in the works. My rating: 4.5 stars

*new-to-me author

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