Ellie Foreman is a Chicago video producer, having been a filmmaker for over 25 years. Not a profession which would seem to be dangerous, except that it becomes very much so in this instance.
From the publisher: Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VIP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. . . [Ellie] is soon to find herself entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.
In depicting the life of a young Jewish woman professional in Chicago, the author knows whereof she speaks. And she so clearly evokes that life and, for instance, the feel of a Chicago winter and a Friday night Shabbos dinner with the family that one can practically feel the cold and taste the brisket (for which a wonderful recipe is provided). Her characters are very well-drawn, especially her ex-husband, Barry; their recently-graduated-from-college daughter, Rachel; her nonagenarian father; and her boyfriend, Luke. (I have to interject that I loved the dedication to the author’s 95-years-young mother.) The suspense mounts, there are unexpected plot twists, and the pages turn swiftly; I devoured the book in less than 24 hours.
This is the fifth Ellie Foreman Mystery. The author has also written the hard-boiled Georgia Davis PI series (and I loved that Ms. Davis has a small but important role in this book!) and three standalone historical thrillers. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of those that I have read, including this one, which is recommended....Continua