Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Great characters and plot
Cons: A couple slow spots
The Bottom Line:
Double stakes are raised
As murder hits close to home
Can they clear Ellie?
Antiques are Murder
Double Dealer is the fourth book in the Tatum Twins Mystery series.
Nan and Bert Tatum are identical twin sisters named after
the older pair of Bobbsey Twins.
When an unsavory antiques dealer is murdered,
Nan and Bert are question because of recent fights
they've had with him. But when Bert's daughter Ellie is arrested for the murder
after confessing, the twins dive head first into the case to find the real
killer. Further complicating matters for Bert is her ex-husband. Jake wants
back into her life and is using this case to drive a wedge between her and
current boyfriend Hank, the detective assigned to the case and responsible for
arresting Ellie. Even more confusion happens when Ellie tells her mom that she
didn't do it. What is really going on?
Since this is the fourth book in the series, the characters have become so strong and familiar that I didn't have any trouble at all with the gimmick of alternating narration in the successive chapters. In fact, part of the fun of this book is seeing the personalities of the twins switch after Ellie is arrested. Normally easy going Bert becomes a momma bear trying to protect her daughter with
Nan trying to reign
her in. The plot is slow in a couple places, but over all flows very smoothly.
The authors have the characters voices down, and it shows in the smooth writing
style no matter which twin is narrating the action.