Outrageous October by Barbara Levenson

OCTOBER
Outrageous October by Barbara Levenson
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (296 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

What happens when Mary Magruder Katz, Miami criminal defense attorney, discovers her hot Latin boyfriend, Carlos, is sneaking away to a rendevous with his ex-spouse? Broken-hearted, she returns his humongous engagement ring, packs her dog and her disappointment in her SUV and runs away to Vermont where she holes up in her friend’s summer house. The autumn winds bring the chill of an unsolved murder that occurred in Mary’s vacation hideout. Being a hard-charging attorney, Mary can’t stay idle for long. She meets a dashing young attorney whose nickname is actually Dash. He persuades her to do some legal work for him, and some extra nighttime work as well. Meanwhile, Mary reconnects with the daughter of a former client who is a coed at nearby Dartmouth College. Sherry Yarmouth confides in Mary that she is in the midst of a torrid affair with a local. When Sherry disappears, Mary’s plans for some quiet time disappear too. Mary and Dash comb Vermont’s Upper Valley in an all-out search. As if that isn’t enough to keep Mary busy, she lands in the middle of a court fight over a neigborhood spat. Tree removal becomes the village’s high publicity case. The plaintiff is dubbed the “tree Nazi, but Mary suspects he may be a real Nazi when he is found murdered. Mary’s search for R. and R. leads to murders, kidnapping and a neo-Nazi cell. It’s just another day at the office as Mary finds autumn in Vermont just as out of control as mayhem in Miami. Amid the falling leaves and blustery winds, Mary faces new challenges and new decisions abour her love life. Will Carlos win her back? Will Mary find Sherry before she’s killed? And who actually killed the Nazi and the owner of the summer house? How and when will Mary return to Miami? Read Outrageous October and find the answers and a rollicking read.

Outrageous October begins with a murder and keeps you in its grip throughout. It’s very layered, with suspense building as the chapters progress. I enjoyed the character of Mary, although I did think she fled Miami too swiftly before confronting Carlos about his dining with his ex. That aside, it does give her the perfect excuse to escape to Vermont where all the mystery takes place.

I loved the setting of the small town, the quirky characters, and some creepy goings on. All the characters were fun to get to know and what I enjoyed the most was all of them and the sub-plots seem to tie up together as the story progressed.

And an added bonus was Sam, the German Shepherd who sometimes seemed like Mary’s assistant. I’m glad to see that this is a continuing series with Mary so I’ll be looking for more books by Ms. Levenson.

If you’re looking for a mystery to read this summer this is a new author to check out.

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