The Teen got me a book as one of my birthday gifts. She knows how much I love to read and she thought that this book sounded like I would enjoy it.
She was right. I did enjoy this mystery or trio of mysteries as it turns out. The novel follows the life of a Police Officer who finds himself accused of a horrendous crime. He gets put in jail to await a trial for 8 months before the prosecutor decides to release him without prejudice. The prosecutor is unable to come up with enough evidence to prosecute but refuses to acquit him, hoping to find the evidence to try him at a future date. The Officer, Ted, has lost his job, his friends, his family and his reputation. Sometimes he thinks he has lost his mind. He moves to a quiet, unpopulated, gator infested area of the state, hoping to find somewhere where the media can't hound him and people don't recognize him.
His attorney comes to visit him in Crimson Lake and gives him the name of a girl to contact. The attorney doesn't give him any further information, just a name and phone number.
He seeks out Amanda and finds her working as a private investigator. Amanda has a mystery of her own, she has spent 8 years in prison for a murder she committed as a teenager. She has returned to her home town of Crimson Lake and has been able to procure jobs investigating as she is the only game in town. Amanda has agreed to give Ted a job for which he didn't even know he was applying.
Hence begins the relationship between two very different people who are working together to solve the mystery of a popular author who has disappeared without a trace.
There is minor mention of food. They meet up in the local diner, they order sandwiches, they go grocery shopping, the wife of the author serves up cheese and crackers. But mostly, there is lots of coffee and lots of Whiskey. Wild Turkey whiskey to be exact.
I am not a bourbon whiskey fan and I didn't want to go out and buy a bottle of Wild Turkey so I decided that while I would share a coffee and whiskey drink for this review, my whiskey of choice was going to be Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey.
So make yourself this cocktail and curl up on the couch with it as you read this novel by Candice Fox.
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Crimson Lake Coffee Cocktail
- 1 jigger peanut butter whiskey
- cold coffee
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Add the whiskey and coffee. Stir and enjoy.
Sat. Fat (grams)3.05