Bancroft, Nov 2003, 19.95, 288 pp.
When he attended Bloomfield High School Aaron Tucker did not fit in any of the accepted groups. He therefore cannot understand why he is going to attend the twenty-fifth anniversary reunion bash though his pal from those days think it is because he still has the hots for Stephanie Jacobs. Aaron is in denial as he is happily married to Abby the attorney.
Stephanie is as sexy as ever as she swivels her hips and puts on her Marilyn Monroe Academy Award smile. She says to Aaron that she heard he solves mysteries so would he look into the murder of her powerful DC lobbyist husband as the police believe she killed him over his extramarital affairs. Feeling like a time traveler back to his teen years when the school's sex siren gave him a hickey that was his only claim to fame and knowing that he is a writer Aaron fumblingly agrees. Soon he finds he is under assault to butt out or face the consequences, but he refuses and even expands his inquiries when side threats target his wife and a friend.
The sequel to the amusing FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, is as humorous as the first tale as the story line never takes itself seriously. The fine investigation is filled with twists and a few sidebar inquiries though all that jocularity takes away from the main mystery. Aaron remains a delight and the regulars add depth to his personality, but in this story sexy Stephanie provides the added oomph for a fun time for fans of jocular amateur sleuth tales.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner