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TOXIC WASTE: A FONNIE BEACHUM MYSTERY
HELEN GOODMAN
ISBN# (10): 0-373-26642-1/(13): 978-0-373-26642-5
July 2008
Harlequin/WorldWide Library
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3BK9
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
252 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Fonnie Beachum is slowly recovering after her stroke. She has left the wheelchair behind and gone to using a cane. Settling back into her home, she feels violated after her house is burglarized, and Leopold is missing. He is the only unicorn she ever named.

Officer Brian Hendley returns home to Groverton after finishing college. He joins the police force as a rookie in training. When a woman is murdered, his job goes into overdrive to find the culprit.

After a stroke, then a break-in, Fonnie knows the root of her fear. Her grandson, Brian, hears how keeping a journal can help stroke patients, and suggest his grandmother record her thoughts. The Family Home Health Agency believes Fonnie needs someone during the week to watch after her, so they send Christine Hauner. While Fonnie recuperates, she learns the townspeople are divided over a new landfill, involving the Myerson Corporation. Some believe the landfill beneficial; others insist the solid waste is hazardous to one’s health. There are many in the town who wish to stop the Myerson Corporation. Fonnie wonders if Christine is a radical member but she says no, then Christine winds up dead. Shocked over the events, Fonnie starts her own investigation into Christine's murder and who is behind the whole ugly landfill mess.

I adore Fonnie. She is a mature figure who struggles to recover from a stroke, only to face another fear when her house is broken into. I could identify with her in many ways. I found her to be believable in all her actions. I love the way Brian shows compassion and concern for his grandmother. One does not find that often in stories or real life. Toxic Waste instills secondary characters that keep the reader involved in a whirlwind of circumstances to help Fonnie in her search. Helen Goodman pens a relaxing read I thought delightful. There were times I wanted to cheer, 'go Fonnie'. Her style of writing leaves a wonderful feeling inside the heart.

Cherokee
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