The Breakfast Club Murder
by Camilla T. Crespi
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432828059
Date: 19 February 2014 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
When Lori Corvino's ex-husband tells her someone is trying to kill him, she dismisses it. Then his new bride driving his car and wearing his baseball cap is murdered. Initially, Lori herself is a suspect, but then interest shifts to Lori's ex. When he is accused of killing his rich bride, she refuses to believe it. Why would he or anyone else hate the woman enough to kill her? Determined to prove his innocence for the sake of their teenage daughter Jessica, Lori sets out to find the killer.
Throughout the divorce process, Lori relied on the support of her loyal friends, all part of the Breakfast Club. In addition, Lori is trying to start a catering business. Crespi does a fine job of building the relationships among the four members of the Breakfast Club as each supports Lori in the aftermath of the divorce and in her search for the killer. Then someone drops a hint that Lori should watch out for one of her friends. She cannot rid herself worrying which one it might be.
Would any of them or their husbands have had a reason to kill the bride? Janet's husband has been involved in some investment schemes and is in desperate need of money. Margot's husband Warren had an on and off again affair with the bride. Could either Margot or Warren have killed the woman?
Lori's relationship with her daughter also plays a large part in the novel. Her daughter Jessica still worships her father, and the new bride appears trying to build a relations with Jessica at Lori's expense.
Besides, a new business and a murder, Lori is also juggling a possible romance with a handsome younger man and son of a new catering client. While the sleuthing is low key, Crespi manages enough diversions and red herrings to keep the pages turning. An accomplished author, she has seven novels in The Trouble Wish series.