When Anastasia Pollack’s gambling-addicted husband permanently cashes in his chips in Vegas, her life craps out. She’s left with two teenage sons, a mountain of debt, and her nasty, cane-wielding Communist mother-in-law. Not to mention a loan shark demanding fifty thousand dollars.
In spite of the dead person, R.I.P., this was a chirpy little read, lots of fun. I mean, the title alone makes you smile especially if you are a crime story/detective story buff, right?
OK, so the MIL is kind of over-the-top. But I loved the idea she was a Communist. How often do you run across a Communist in a detective story, eh?
There is also her own mother living with her, and the MIL From Hell brings her dog, Manifesto, too.
Anastasia works for a crafts magazine. And finds her boss dead, hot-glued to her chair. I don’t know why, but I really loved that touch. Maybe it is because I have often run across people I would very much like to hot glue to their chairs. That and duct tape. OK, so I’m a misanthrope. So sue me.
Hot glued dead people, a nasty dog named Manifesto, and a card-carrying Communist MIL. What’s not to love?
Nah. It’s not a serious mystery a la Ross Macdonald, but sometimes a girl just wants to have fun.