A Wedding to Die
Two Novels by Leann
Reviewed by Barbara
of these novels include the same main characters: a pair of twins, adopted
in infancy in a less-than-legal manner. It seems appropriate to review than
together, since readers who enjoy one will want to read the other, also.
Pick Your Poison (2004), Abby Rose, a Houston socialite,
sets out to discover who killed her gardener. He was killed on the grounds
of their mansion before he could tell Abby and her twin sister, Kate, something
about their adoption. Their adoptive father had died shortly before that,
and the gardener had worked there just a few months, hired shortly before
their father died. Abby and Kate had grown up knowing they were adopted,
but believing that both their birth parents had died in a plane crash in
During her investigation, Abby uncovers
blackmailers, secrets, lies, a black-market baby ring, and other unsavory
facts. This results in changes in the lives of all involved, and as the story
unfolds, ultimately leads to the second novel.
A Wedding to Die For (2005), Abby has decided to
become a private investigator who specializes in reuniting adoptive children
with birth parents, something like our New Mexico Confidential Intermediaries,
but with a different approach. As the story begins, Abby is attending the
wedding of one of her search clients, and has not yet found the womans
The plot includes people who are trying to
keep secrets from people who are also keeping their own secrets, including
embezzlement, a stolen baby, and a birth mother who has believed for twenty
years that her baby was dead. Sounds incredible at first, but those who have
heard adoption and reunion stories know that all sorts of incredible things
may happen in adoption and reunion.
Both books are fun to read if you like mysteries
arid want read a couple of mystery novels with adoption as a central them.
Sweeney has created believable characters. I liked the fact that she plays
fair with the reader, in that she introduces all the characters early
on in the story line, instead of having the culprit show up in
the last chapter. The situations that propel the plot involve real issues
in the adoption world. Secrets and lies have commonly been told to everyone
involved, just as in these novels.
This reader looks forward to more books by
Leann Sweeney, and hopes she continues to use Abby Rose as a
way to reach readers concerning adoption issues.
Both of these books will be available through
the O.I. lending library. If they sound intriguing to you, come to the next
meeting and check one out.
Dead Giveaway, the third novel in Ms. Sweeneys
Yellow Rose Mysteries series, is also available. Another recent
Death Goes Dutch by Albert A. Bell, also features
an adoptee protagonist (Korean-born) who helps other adoptees in their
Excerpted from the April 2006
edition of the Operation Identitiy Newsletter
© 2006 Operation Identity