Isobel Spice is an aspiring actress, and office temp, and on occasion, an amateur sleuth. When she and her roommate, Delphi Kramer, agree to act in a murder mystery dinner theater performance to honor a well-known judge, a real murder happens, with the guest of honor as the victim. Isobel is then caught up in a maelstrom of lies, double-dealing, and corruption as she first has to clear her roommate, who is the initial suspect, and then sort through a growing list of possible suspects until she finally zeroes in on the most unlikely one.
Justice for Some by Joanne Sydney Lessner is a rib-tickling murder mystery with a cast of the wackiest characters to appear in this genre in a long time. Lessner has a writing style reminiscent of Janet Evanovich; using what almost amounts to slapstick – but stopping just shy of the ‘slip on a banana peel’ brand of humor – to keep the reader laughing, while at the same time salting clues throughout the narrative for those who are paying close attention.
This book has several interesting plot twists, and well-drawn characters that, despite the humor, seem true to life. The story is logically constructed, and flows like a mountain stream in a serpentine fashion to a logical conclusion. When Isobel unmasks the killer, you’ll feel like slapping your forehead and exclaiming, “Darn, how’d I miss that?”
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