Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage
When the cremated remains of Andrea Bravos’ ex arrive in the mail via a styrofoam burger box with a mildly threatening note, she’s more both dazed and confused, and sets off on an adventure with her nephew and accountant/best friend to figure out how her ex died. What follows is a humorous, sometimes heartwarming and philosophical, and sometimes scary.
Follow the Dotted Line is a great written, sometimes irreverent tale with a unique protagonist that I really enjoyed. Having a mature woman, with fully grown children and small grandchildren of her own, a career, and a lot of practical experience really works for a mystery book. As a woman that’s accepted she’s aging and her career will most likely be ended soon, she has a lot of time on her hands to devote to this mystery. Andy is also fighting this a bit. Her kids are grown and don’t need her as much, so not only is she hunting down her ex-husband, she’s getting some closure and proving something to herself Sure, she makes some mistakes, but they’re not the usual, dumb mistakes you see with younger characters.
As for the rest of the cast, they were all vibrant and humorous. My one complaint was the prologue. It was a bit long, and though the introduction to all of the kids was important, I didn’t know any of them and found myself fighting to stay interested in so many new characters. Once the story actually started and centered around Andy, it was a lot easier to get through. There were a few philosophical musings of Andy’s that I struggled to wrap my head around, but overall they provided an extra depth to the story I enjoyed.
The mystery itself was interesting, with a lot of twists and turns. I enjoyed the three amateur sleuths combining their practical knowledge with what they learned from TV. The ending was not something I suspected, and I admired Andy throughout the whole ordeal. She has a lot of personal questions that need answered, and deals with a bit of growth.
My Rating: 4.7/5
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