My favourite book is Compromising Positions by Susan Isaacs.
I sound like an old record when I talk to people about this novel but it’s always by my bed when I need cheering up. Written by Susan Isaacs it tells the story of Judith Singer – a Long Island ex-journalist now housewife who turns super-sleuth when she finds out that the local dentist has been murdered.
It’s got such fabulous humour all the way through and yet there’s a believable plot. Susan’s writing is phenomenal, witty, full of twists and turns, funny, insightful. You can turn to any page and in seconds you’ll find yourself laughing out loud, or identifying with the lead character. As the book goes on, Judith can’t leave the investigation alone and keeps putting herself in dangerous circumstances.
There’s also a good part of the novel that deals with some very real life issues. Judith’s basically bored in her marriage. Her husband works long hours. Their sex is tepid, predictable and routine. She loves her children, misses her career, and her only emotional support comes from her feisty, clever best friend, Nancy Miller. Enter the romantic interest – a hunky young lieutenant who’s in charge of the murder investigation. As her dull self-righteous husband, Bob, gets increasingly annoyed by Judith’s meddling with murder, the marriage threatens to crumble under the strain and Judith is forced to choose between her passionate love affair and her family.
I love that there is danger and excitement in this book without being too graphic (I get queasy), that anyone can read it without being offended, that it has a great romantic story and an unpredictable, yet funny, mystery in there. It is one of those books you can’t put down once you start and one I thoroughly recommend.
Ellie Campbell is the pen name of sisters and collaborators, Lorraine Campbell and Pam Burks. One is based in the UK, the other the USA, they write together via e-mail, Skype and phone. Their novels include, Looking for LaLa, To Catch a Creeper and How to Survive Your Sisters. Their latest novel, Million Dollar Question was released in April 2015. For more information, visit Ellie’s website: http://chicklitsisters.com/
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