Clare O’Donohue- Life Without Parole

This is the first in the ‘Kate Conway’ series by Clare O’Donohue that I have read and I was quietly impressed. Feisty TV producer Kate is commissioned to conduct a series of interviews with two men serving life imprisonment but also finds herself manipulated into producing a reality documentary charting the opening of a high-end restaurant which throws her into the path of not only her ex-husband’s ex-lover Vera but into the path of murder and betrayal. Overall both storylines were well-executed but I felt more empathy with the prison plot than the shallow, rich and shady characters involved in the restaurant and more interested generally in the jailbirds and their interesting interation and developing relationships with Kate.  I particularly enjoyed Kate’s sassy one-liners and putdowns which were very reminiscent of the style of Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich and the male foils to the Kate show were great, squabbling and bickering like petulant children. I also enjoyed the fact that Kate wasn’t enmeshed in some ludicrous romantic entanglement so prevalent amongst American female crime authors and overall found this an easy and engaging read.


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