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WHAT NOW, KING LEAR
ALISTAIR BOYLE
ISBN# 0-373-26575-1
September 2006
Harlequin
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
247 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Known to his family as Malvin Stark, Gil Yates is moonlighting as a PI. He is already up to his neck trying to understand his not so loving wife, Tyranny, whom he so often refers to as Tyranny Rex, a woman that would cause any man to flee. His father-in-law, Daddybucks, who just happens to be his boss, loves to be controlling and have Gil practically kiss his nose everyday and for this Gil keeps another identity to earn some extra income. Gil gets a hair-raising case when a new client’s husband drops dead of natural causes. The man’s will stipulates, in the event of his untimely death, no one gets any of his estate until the killer is found.

Pamela Sampson is the widow who suspect’s foul play with her three sons-in-law after her billionaire husband dies. Each of the billionaires three daughters' husbands indulge in dangerous hobbies, and the whole lot of them have greed and lust simmering in their eyes. As the grieving widow, Pamela appears to be just that, then again for that amount of money involved; any one could stage a grand scene, especially when the police suspect her.

After meeting the three sons-in-law, he wonders could they have really killed the old man, or is someone setting someone up? If he can only manage to stay alive until he can get paid, things will look a lot brighter, at least he can only hope.

What Now, King Lear draws the reader in from the first page. I like the stories that start out in a narrative sort of way, as if watching a Mickey Spillane movie. Gil is an excellent character that brings class to the pages. I love the way he interacts and goes searching for answers in his search for the truth. Mr. Boyle blends a fast-paced book that keeps the storyline flowing. The in-depth secondary characters add great dimension to the story making it all feel believable in every way. Cleverly written with a well-crafted plot, this who-dun-nit is a remarkable book read, one that this reader absolutely loved! The ending so sweet, it brought a grin to this reader.

Cherokee
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