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THE GOOD WIFE
CLINT RICHMOND
ISBN# 0-380-79743-7/ (13): 978-0-380-79743-1
August 2007
Harper (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback
$7.99 U.S./$10.99 Canada
352 Pages
True Crime
Rating: 4 Cups

Penny Scaggs had traveled many places with her husband, Roger, before they finally settled down in Austin, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, and a Godly Christian. As a wonderful correspondent, she sought to always please Roger.

Roger Scaggs was one of three brothers of a middle class family. His father was a mechanical engineer for Amoco Oil. After Roger joined the Air Force, he traveled to many places overseas. With the command authority of an officer, he was still easy and fun-loving.

Roger and Penny were the ideal couple when they were around their friends and neighbors. No one met a more loving couple. After the years started passing for the couple, Roger’s long hours and demanding jobs began to wear on Penny. When they finally became stateside, Penny took her own course in life. She chose to set out on what she called, ‘her ministry,’ and teach the women on being devout Godly women. In no time, she and Roger were the prominent church members. They were not only respected in the church but the community, too. No one ever suspected anything amiss in their family, even years down the road when Roger began an affair. As Penny continued to keep her family pure and spotless while teaching others about living the Christian life, she never imagined that she would meet her demise in such a brutal way. Bludgeoned with a lead pipe, then mutilated viciously with a kitchen knife, the community is in complete shock when a fine Christian woman is murdered. After the investigation is over, families and friends are even more stunned with the suspect.

I cannot say what it was about this book that captivated me so much, but once I started reading I could not stop. Clint Richmond has a voice that works like a magnet with the reader. The Good Wife is a page-turner. Even though the story is true, each word made me feel as if I was by Penny’s side from the start. How any one could commit such a vicious act is terrifying. I cringed reading how she was murdered. The scene was so inhuman, the killer very sadistic. From the start of Penny’s life to her death and the whole scenario of the courtroom drama, Mr. Richmond explores the truth that took an innocent life because of infidelity, hate, and spite. He shows how it affects the family while bringing justice to those that suffer and allows the reader to share in their loss.

Cherokee
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