Perish Twice by Robert B. Parker (2000) – BR00021 (2001) – 🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪
Plot or Premise
Sunny Randall is back, and she has a new part-time job as advisor to the love-lorn. Her first customer is Mary Lou Goddard, a prominent feminist (à la Rachel Wallace, from the Spenser series) who thinks she’s being stalked. When Sunny figures out who the stalker is, Goddard wants to drop it all and fires her. It doesn’t stop her from continuing to investigate, even though she has no client. The second customer is her sister — who hires her to catch the sister’s husband in the process of cheating. Which Sunny does, and then spends the rest of the book dealing with the dysfunctional sister. And the third and final customer is her normal confidant and best friend, Julie, who runs into marital problems in this book.
What I Liked
This is a first-rate mystery, with typical Parker twists and turns and links to criminal types. It provides a different spin on the normal Spenser series, while still staying within the same ballpark.
What I Didn’t Like
The storyline with the sister is hard to take because you just want to mentally slap her; which is okay because Sunny wants to slap her too, although I can’t figure out why she doesn’t. The third storyline with Julie is okay, but started to grate near the end.
The Bottom Line
Good story and first-rate mystery.