Meet Brenda Strange. Wealthy. Dead Ringer for Princess Diana. Once a junior partner in a thriving, prestigious New Jersey law firm, she had everything going for her. But something went wrong. When a disgruntled client goes on a killing spree in the office, Brenda is counted among the dead. Except she came back. This is the first book in the Brenda Strange series.
After learning to cope with her near-death experience and newfound psychic abilities, Brenda and her lover decide to move to Tampa, Florida and the house of their dreams. Malfour House is an old Victorian located in The Tides of Palmetto, an exclusive community for the rich. But after she and Tina move in, Brenda finds the dingy walls and empty rooms screaming their secrets in her mind. Brenda begins tracing a path filled with unsolved murder, betrayal, ghosts, and the deadly curses of Santeria, a darkly exotic religion.
Realizing that Malfour House will not let her leave until she unravels the clues to the horrifying murders long buried in its past, Brenda renews her career as a private investigator. And if that wasn't enough of a puzzle to solve, there is a mysterious intruder trying to chase her and Tina out of Malfour House.
©2002 Patty G. Henderson (P)2014 Patty G. Henderson
I read this book several years ago and listening to it reminded me of just how much I enjoyed it. The mystery is good and the characters engaging - particularly the lead, Brenda Strange.
The narrator did a good job with most of the characters, I thought, but the constantly calm and quiet reading of Brenda's part made it very difficult for me to get into the story as much as I remembered being. Everyone else had changes in inflection but Brenda's voice was very slow and quiet - sometimes so quiet that I couldn't hear some of the words - and that didn't change even when she was agitated or angry.
I still recommend the book. The story is very good.
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