Avon, Sep 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In Paradise Beach, Florida Circuit Court Judge Frederick J. Dipshot rules that octogenarian Mary Todd incompetent and names her nephew Linus responsible for her and her estate. Mary's attorney Richard Wesley III did a great job representing his client. However, unbeknownst to him the senior citizen had a reason to lose and by refusing to testify on her own behalf, it cost him the case.
Erin Kelly is outraged that her friend Mary has lost her independence to an unprincipled loser like Linus. Erin begins a campaign to rescue her buddy using the very tricks that Mary taught her. Richard tries to stop Erin because he knows only through legal channels can Mary regain her freedom. The devious Mary observes the twosome fall in love while trying to trump one another even as apparent mob warfare seems to be playing out on the beach stage.
BREAKING ALL THE RULES is a humorous return to Sue Civil-Brown's unique take on the Sunshine State. The story line is outrageous, wacky, and fun as Mary plays puppeteer in her usual havoc style. The antics of the lead couple and key support cast will delight those in the audience who find paradise in an amusing contemporary romantic romp.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner