More than the heat is simmering in the picturesque community of Sechelt. Herman Ferguson has high hopes for his roadside zoo but someone is freeing his animals and he suspects the Crazy Cat Lady up the road. Bad Boy Bobby Ransome is back in town and he’s worrying at least one husband. And a former resident mysteriously falls to his death from a scenic cliff with an exceedingly full money belt around his waist.
Wright again excels at atmosphere — the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia is on my Places to Visit list, thanks to her. She doesn’t just excel at creating a sense of place, however; she also excels at connecting the reader with multiple characters’ points of view. Opportunities lost, regrets, longing, jealousy, rage — Wright takes readers on a tour of the soul.
Even though Wright’s suspense typically comes from Why Did They Do It rather than Who Did It, by the end she usually shows all of her cards. Usually — Fall From Grace is an exception. Some of the mystery I pieced together fairly early, and she was kind enough to pull back the curtain enough for me to see that I was spot on. Some of the mystery remains shrouded — there was a hint of something that happened long ago and I think I know what happened — but maybe not. But no worries — there’s no question of how the man fell to his death and why. If you like psychological mysteries, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.