Searching for the Spider: Weave a Murderous Web

Weave a Murderous Web by Anne Rothman-Hicks & Ken Hicks
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Melange Books
Date: March 8, 2016
Reviewed by: Bob James
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B

Jane Larson was a rain maker for a New York law firm, making her socially active mother somewhat uncomfortable. Not that Jane cared too much. Then, one of her friends, a legal assistant in the firm, asks her to take on a pro-bono divorce case. They needed her because her previous attorney had died. Or was he murdered?

As Jane delves into the world of divorce, and child support, and hidden assets, she begins to realize that she’s living in the midst of a web of lies, drugs, and murder. When she discovers the hidden assets of the husband/father, she runs into a new world of trouble.

Death is never satisfied, though, and another killing happens. As Jane pulls at each thread of the murderous web of deceit, she seems to find a different friend at the end of each strand. She finds clues along those strands that point directly at her friends and Jane has to deal with the problem of knowing which friends she can trust. Ultimately, she trusts the law partner who took her under his wing at the big firm and a new boyfriend that she meets along the way. Oh, and her friends that run a mom and pop diner.

As the story continues, we realize that Jane’s divorce client may not be quite the angel she was made out to be, especially when egged on by Jane’s friend, a publicity seeking news reporter trying to regain lost glory. Her best friend and former lover appear to have skeletons in their closets also, and Jane has to balance all of these concerns as she searches for assets that the husband/father had hidden even more deeply. As Jane finds the last piece of the puzzle hidden in the web, the spider finally reveals him (or her) self. I’m not going to tell you who won the battle, but Jane could write a sequel – if that tells you anything.

This book is a pretty good story with lots of intrigue, red herrings, and plot twists along the way. That being said, I had a pretty good idea who the bad guy was fairly early in the story. I’m not sure if that was because I was looking at the book from a writing perspective or if it was that obvious, though. I learned a bit more about the craft of writing as I read this story. I enjoyed the way the authors wove this story together, so, if you’re looking for a fun mystery to read without getting too heavy, I can recommend this book.

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