The Bad Wife by Jacqueline Seewald

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The Bad Wife by Jacqueline Seewald
A Kim Reynolds Mystery
Publisher: Perfect Crime Books
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (207 pgs)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Psychic Kim Reynolds, is a reluctant sleuth. She just wants to live a “normal” life as an academic reference librarian. But fate has other plans for her. When she discovers the dead body of her former boyfriend’s supposed ex-wife, her life turns upside down. It is up to Kim and police detective Bert St. Croix to prove that Mike Gardner did not murder his wife before Mike also ends up dead. Part mystery, part romantic suspense thriller, this novel is a page-turner.

There are three Kim Reynolds mysteries prior to The Bad Wife. I haven’t read any of them so my review of this title might be a little different to someone who has.

I loved the premise of this book; cop and his new love are hindered by his ex-wife who just happens to turn up dead. It had all the makings of a great whodunit and had I read the previous books I think I could have enjoyed this book a lot more than I did.

The characters of Kim and Mike were never really well drawn enough for me to connect with them. There are lots of references to what’s happened in the past and most of it’s done through dialogue. I wanted to know more about Kim because she has mild psychic powers. The only real reference I got to that was a scene in the university library where she warns a boy to be careful about his room-mate. I would have loved to have seen this psychic vision played out some more and maybe more background at that point as to when she first realized her psychic ability and how it’s changed her life.

Many of the scenes I felt could have been longer and played out more to add some layers and depth to the story, but once again I think maybe this is the fourth book in the series and Ms. Seewald didn’t want to seem repetitious to readers who have enjoyed the previous stories.

It’s definitely fast-paced and so ideal if you like a mystery but you’re short on time. I liked the ending and the way everything was concluded in this story. And, I’m intrigued enough to check out earlier Kim Reynolds mysteries to see how Kim and Mike’s story began and then I’d like to re-read The Bad Wife.

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