By Kathleen Walls
Global Authors Publications, 2004
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Take a First Step
To a Good Mystery
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Author of This Is The Place and Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't
I'm a lover of literate. Does that mean Kathleen Walls', Last Step, wasn't my cup of tea? Not on a bet. Even though mysteries are genre fiction I found much in this book to love.
Last Step explores the human condition in spite of its genre trappings. It is a great read for this time of the year (rainy, blustery or snowy) and for the busy kind of life we all tend to lead these days. You'll get to the surprise ending in this short book real fast"”probably in two relaxing evenings by the fire.
The title, Last Step, is layered. Because it is a story about a mother who is convinced her drug-addicted daughter has been murdered, Last Step evokes the "We came to believe"passage that all twelve-steppers know. It is also a story about a woman who is taking her first step toward independence and toward love.
Here we have a tale about how a woman gathers up her strength to follow her convictions and, in doing so finds muscle she didn't know she had. Here we have a story that combines a whodunit with some memorable characters, a little romance and a straightforward attack at moving a mystery along. For those of you who like to learn a little something as you read, you won't be disappointed.
The book is published by Global Authors Publications.
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