No Neighborhood for Old Women by Judy Alter is the second book in the “Kelly O’Connell” mystery series. Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press, April 2012
Claire Guthrie shoots and wounds her husband the same night that Florence Dodson, Kelly O’Connell’s former neighbor, supposedly falls down her back steps, hits her head, and dies, Kelly knows it’s murder, but she has a hard time convincing Mike Shandy. She also has a hard time explaining why she gave Claire refuge in her guest apartment. Mike is adamant that she stay out of police matters. But then, with another murder, it’s clear someone is targeting elderly women in Fairmount, and panic invades the neighborhood.
Jim Guthrie dies in an automobile accident—or was it an accident? Kelly’s real estate business plunges. Who buys a house in a neighborhood with a serial killer? And in the midst of it all, Kelly’s mom decides to move to Fort Worth from Chicago.
Will Kelly solve her differences with Mike? Will Claire be convicted of murder? Will Kelly’s mom be safe and yet not dependent on her? And most important, will Kelly be able to identify the serial killer and restore peace to her Fairmount neighborhood.
When one of the neighborhood women dies from an accidental fall, Kelly suspects something more sinister. Another death proves someone is targeting the seniors and with Kelly’s mother planning a move in the same neighborhood, Kelly is on the trail of an elusive killer and will need to find him quickly before her life is forever changed.
This was a good read filled with mystery and suspense as I didn’t know where and how it was going to end. The author did a good job with the many twists and turns presented in this drama that I could not put this book down. I like Kelly’s determination in her dogged pursuit of a killer hiding among the residents of her small town. With an ensemble cast that includes strong-willed Keisha, her cop boyfriend Mike, her two daughters and her mother, this was a nicely written whodunit and I especially love the internal dialogue that Kelly has with herself. I look forward to reading the next book in this wonderful series.