The Black Thumb
by Frankie Bow
I have enjoyed Molly's adventures from the beginning. We've gotten to know the quirks of the other University staff members. We've watched her relationship with Donnie evolve, but never had it been as vacillating as these days nearing their wedding. Donnie's son Davison plays an influential role in the tensions.
Add in a former friend of Molly's who turns out to be more of an acquaintance and perhaps nemesis.
When said friend dies mysteriously, Molly must fight to prove her own innocence. This, and visiting parents, add more layers of tension to what should be happy and relaxed summer days.
Frankie Bow writes intelligent mysteries. It is fun to be educated as we try to puzzle out all the angles and adjust to each change. Some may choose to focus on the Pidgin dialogue, but I find that if you let it flow it is more easily understood. It adds to the atmosphere.
Surprises near the end involving DNA had me expecting volatile complications in future books.
Even while explained I am not totally convinced this thought won't be revisited.