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Notes: Reviewer Mary Lynn is the author of "Dear
Pauly Caton has troubles. After witnessing the murder of her husband
of six days, her grief is overshadowed by revelation after revelation
which lead her to believe that she knew nothing about the man she
married. As evidence pointing to all sorts of unsavory dealings
on his part mounts, her confidence is shaken, and she's no longer
sure whom she can or should trust. But she's determined to uncover
the secret life of her husband. Someone is equally determined to
keep those secrets buried--even if another murder or murders is
Slater has packed Five O'Clock Shadow with an incredible
amount of action and detail. There is a rather staggering amount
of plots and subplots that made this somewhat tiring to follow.
I also found it difficult to keep track of the many characters introduced,
none of whom were particularly likable or memorable.
Pauly difficult to like or identify with. The more clues she found
and did not report to the police, the less likable she became. She
didn't trust anyone, even those closest to her. And when she finally
did trust someone, she had the misfortunate to choose the wrong
person. All in all, I found Five O'Clock Shadow to be a
difficult book to finish. However, those that strive on complex,
multifaceted mysteries, will no doubt find Five O'Clock Shadow
an engrossing read.