Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thompson opens with a Christmas party for the upper crust of the Dallas suburb of Maycroft in the home of Caroline, the top socialite in the town, and Deena Sharpe gets invited with her husband for the first time, probably because her brother, Russell, is dating Estelle, Caroline’s daughter. But as the evening ends, Estelle finds her wheelchair-bound mother at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck and cuts all over. Everyone figures that she fell by accident, but Estelle is sure it’s murder and asks Deena, a former high school journalism teacher now working for the local newspaper, to help her look into the case. Deena finds several potential suspects, but no one really stands out.
The plot to this book unfolds enjoyably, with different details from multiple angles coming together smoothly. Further, the characters in this book are drawn very well. I love the dynamics of the relationships between Deena and her husband and Deena and her brother, Russell. After almost 30 years of marriage, Deena and Gary still keep plenty of romance alive and look out for each other. Deena has also devoted herself to helping Russell, since he came back from his time in the army with PTSD and bad migraines. As Estelle deals with the return of the ex-fiance who was paid off by her mother to disappear, the contrast between Blake and Russell show Russell in a strong, caring light.
I enjoyed the narration of Kelley Hazen, who performs the audio edition of this book. She creates descriptive voices for each character and helps do a great job at making the listening experience enjoyable.
I enjoyed Sharpe Edge and found the book a great story with a satisfying plot and other details. The conclusion ends cleverly too. I give the book five stars!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through Audiobook Boom, but that had no influence on my review.
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