MYSTERY

Best Laid Plans

Severn House. (Nora Best Mystery, Bk. 1). Feb. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780727890245. $28.99. M
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Nora Best and her husband, Joe, planned to travel the country with a truck pulling an Airstream while she wrote a book about their adventures. At their going-away party she discovers Joe having sex with her best friend. Furious, Nora posts the video for all her guests to see, then pulls out with the trailer. She drives from Colorado to a Wyoming campground, where the hosts, Miranda and Brad, seem welcoming—until a screaming Miranda wakes her up saying Brad went out during the night, and he was probably eaten by a bear. The sheriff doesn’t believe that, and he suspects the newcomer, Nora. Despite her protests, she’s arrested. With her mug shot plastered all over the internet, Joe tracks her down. Now that she’s had a taste of freedom, Nora is unwilling to handle Joe’s issues. She has her own worries. What really happened to Brad? Who stole her Airstream when she wasn’t looking? Who is making Nora the patsy in an evil game?
VERDICT The first in a new series, told from the viewpoint of a woman over 50, on her own for the first time, introduces a complex story. Florio’s (“Lola Wick” series) suspenseful mystery will have readers rooting for amateur sleuth Nora.

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