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Dime if I Know by Maggie Toussaint
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432827182
Date: 11 September 2013 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Toussaint continues her Cleopatra Jones Mystery series with Dime if I Know, the third in the series.

When Cleo's boyfriend, golf pro Rafe Golden becomes a murder suspect in the death of a former girlfriend, she swings into motion, determined to find the real killer. Unfortunately, Rafe wants no help, relying instead on his claim of innocence, but the circumstantial evidence is against him.

Cleo and Rafe have dated for six months, but the relationship is no closer to marriage. Rafe claims to love her, but told her from the beginning that he had no interest in marriage. With two daughters, Cleo wants a relationship that ends in marriage. The sex is great, but she wants to set a better example for her daughters. She is also bothered that Rafe refuses to confide in her or let her help him.

Determined to prove him innocent, Cleo turns her considerable talents to investigating the murder, Rafe, and his wealthy family. She convinces her mother's husband-to-be, lawyer Bud Flook, to defend Rafe. At first Rafe rejects the offer, but later accepts when the police become difficult.

Further complicating Cleo's life is her ex-husband, Charlie, who has moved next door and wants to get back together with her. Handsome and debonair, he had an affair with another woman, which he now regrets. He uses his wiles to worm his way back into Cleo’s affection.

Rafe's ex-girlfriend has a young daughter that he knew nothing about and insists is not his child. His brother, Hill, also dated the girl and is now engaged to Rafe's former fiancé. He and Rafe look like twins. Rafe's periodic payments to the dead woman add fuel to the police suspicions.

Family history holds the clues to the killer and the parentage of the victim's daughter. Unraveling it all proves a dangerous challenge for Cleo and Rafe.

Toussaint has written ten other romantic mysteries including two other Cleo Jones Mysteries. She has been interviewed by USA Today and featured in a variety of author blogs. Her mysteries provide plenty of challenges for readers and her occasionally quirky characters. Language is mild, sex verging on hot, and a mystery first and foremost.

Note: Gumshoe has a reviewed her Death, Island Style in our March 2012 issue.

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