After nine cases (For the Death of Me, 2006, etc.), Oz Blackstone, actor, sleuth and world-class tomcat, is gone from the scene, but his ex-wife carries on.
Having broken hearts by the millions, international film star Oz Blackstone has his own heart broken. He’s done in by a ruptured aorta. Prior to his passing, however, Oz had been the surprising (that is, unconvincing) cause of heart tremors of a decidedly different kind. His ex-wife Primavera had become terrified of him. Adored by fans, admired by friends, and heretofore feared only by bottom-feeding enemies, Oz had somehow managed to become Primavera’s bête noir. So certain is she of his evil intentions that when the small plane she’s flying in crashes, she finds a way to fake her death, letting no one else in on the secret. Undeterred by concern for her grief-stricken father and sister, she goes into hiding. But the quiet life is not for the likes of tempestuous Primavera, and before long she’s running up and down Spain, sleuthing with all the aplomb of her late ex. Her favorite Auntie Ade’s ne’er-do-well son Frank has mysteriously disappeared. In the course of searching for him, hot-blooded Primavera finds herself knee-deep in cold-blooded murder and assorted dark conspiracies, with a garnish of formulaic sex on the side.
In this first of a new series starring the former Mrs. Blackstone, there’s not much that’s fresh, including Primavera.