Here is the book written by this new author - Little Lamb Lost by Margaret Fenton. The book will be available in June 2009. It was recommended to me by a publicist who knew I liked mysteries. The publicist is Maryglenn McCombs. Thanks for the recommendation.
Fiction is fiction but certain things make it more interesting to read. For example, use of certain ideas in books like one used in this book makes it appealing. When something goes wrong, the first thing a lot of people try to do is point a finger - lay blame on somebody else. I admit sometimes I want to place the blame on somebody myself.
This is what happens when a little boy is found dead. The blame first goes to the mother who is a recovering drug addict and then goes to DPS worker Claire Conover who was responsible for the case. A memorable quote from the book (and good advice) - "I know, but my point is that sometimes you do everything right and things still go horribly wrong. Things you don't have control over." Quotes like this are another thing that makes an appeal to it's readers.
When the mother enters a plea of guilty to the death of her own little boy, Claire does not believe it. Her job may be on the line but she is determined to find the truth about the little boy's death - even when the little boy's mother warns her to stay out of it. Claire is not by profession a typical sleuth and this gives the story more appeal.
The story has a good mix of supporting characters - from friends, to family, as well as suspects to round it out. One character I liked because I could relate somewhat with. His name was Grant. Little did Claire know how he would become involved in her life when she brought her personal computer to him to get it fixed. He fixes more than her computer and comes to her rescue a few times. Yeah ... if you haven't figured it out, I'm something of a geek too and it is nice to figure we can be heroes too.
Well ... no more give away here. You need to catch the complete story for yourself - fiction or not, it is very entertaining. I am looking forward to more books from this author. And in case you are interested, you can check out the author's website at http://www.margaretfenton.com/. I learned on the website that the author was a state worker. I should have known - you write best about what you know.