Poisoned Pen, Apr 2002, 24.95, 327 pp.
Still grieving her mother's death and needing to reinvent herself, Professor Gillian Adams relocates from Vancouver to London to move in with her long time, long distance lover police officer Edward Gisborne. Though when she decided to cross the ocean, Gillian thought she made the right decision, but now Monday quarterbacking herself she feels lost, overwhelmed, and displaced.
Gillian visits old friend, Charlotte Bening, who is not remotely the same person. The former producer has become a drunken recluse who never leaves her house nor even opens a blind as she has given up on life. Charlotte's daughter Olivia is an actress who has begun to make it into the screen magazines. Her choice in boyfriends is poor, but those troubles are nothing compared to what happens next as an unknown assailant kills Charlotte while Olivia complains about a stalker. Gillian tries to keep her best friend's daughter safe, but that places her in danger too.
Though an amateur sleuth-police procedural, HOT PURSUIT is more than that as readers gain an insider look at a life into people who have a yen for self destruction. The story line is fascinating, but surprisingly Gillian serves more as a secondary player than the star she has been in the previous novels. This works to not only freshen up the series, but enable the audience to see Gillian through the eyes of the novel's top gun, Olivia. Fans of mystery tales constructed on two strong pillars of a powerful who-done-it and even more potent characterizations will want to read Nora Kelly's latest tale that provides all that and more.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner