Pros: Good mystery filled with lots of off the wall fun
Cons: A couple of times it almost got too wacky
The Bottom Line:
All the craziness you'd want
Plus good mystery
You Never Know When the Past Will Come Back to Get Revenge
I got hooked on the Tracy Eaton mystery series several years ago.
Tracy is a mystery author who is the daughter
of movie stars married to a straight laced attorney. This comedic series offers lots of wacky
antics along with mysteries that really do all hold together. The series took a detour through a couple of
publishers between the second and third books, but Revenge for Old Times' Sake has finally come out. And I enjoyed
every minute of it.
While the actions may be crazy, the plot is actually pretty well constructed. Motives, clues, and red herrings are scattered liberally throughout the book. When things come together at the end, it feels logical. This is a plot that would work just as well in any other series I read, it's just much more fun here.
The cast of characters covers a wide range, from the super wacky Martha to the ultra serious
Charlotte. They come across as real people here. Okay, maybe I'm being generous with the real
people tag, but they are certainly real enough for this book and the strange
universe it creates.
The characters also add to the humor. Not only do they create some of the crazy situations, but they also jab at each other with plenty of one liners. The wit continues in
Tracy's first person narration. Some of her comments on the action are
This series is a mystery with a screwball comedy bent. If you want anything remotely serious or realistic, don't consider it. But if you want some crazy fun with a solid mystery base, Revenge for Old Times' Sake is the book for you.
There's even more fun to be had with the rest of the Tracy Eaton Mysteries in order.