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The Paramour's Daughter: A Maggie MacGowen Mystery    by Wendy Hornsby order for
Paramour's Daughter
by Wendy Hornsby
Order:  USA  Can
Perseverance Press, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Wendy Hornsby, do not stop writing. Ever! I just finished the last page of The Paramour's Daughter. The only thing I didn't like was that it ended.

This new work of Hornsby's starts off like a tired old plot that many other authors have used. Some distant relative dies and leaves the protagonist an inheritance. Ho hum! Nothing new here. But wait!

A heretofore unknown mother appears on the scene, which leads to a trip to France. And a whole new family. Big family. And its members not really getting along with each other. Which could have disastrous consequences. Not could. Does!

As more pages are read, the plot thickens and suspense builds - revolving around family relationships and the monies garnered from a patent.

The characters are so lifelike that should they appear on your doorstep, you would invite them in for a cup of tea. Some you might not invite back. Others you'd welcome with open arms. Whichever, they all seem real and well fleshed out.

There are many characters and it is easy to mix them up. However, there is a list of the cast of players at the beginning of the book that allows the relationships to fall into place. The dénouement is not a total surprise. I worked it out before the last few pages, feeling at one with the author.

The Paramour's Daughter is a great read with some wonderful vignettes of France thrown in for good measure.

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