My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Fan Mail is the second novel in the Aspen Adams Suspense series by Daryl Wood Gerber. It was published in 2019, and I previously read the first book in the series over the summer. I was introduced to Gerber’s work through a few of her cozy mystery series and wanted to read her latest release from a different genre. It’s becoming a strong series that I highly recommend.
The books takes place in Lake Tahoe and focus on Aspen, a former child psychologist who’s become a private detective. It’s a little over a year since the last book ended, and this time, Aspen has become friendly with the reporter from the previous book. So friendly that Gloria Morning begs Aspen to figure out who might be trying to kill her or protect her. You see… random notes show up about saving Gloria from certain bad people in her life, and then those people end up dead. The issue: those people haven’t hurt Gloria in any way, so she’s confused! Is she doing this to herself?
The mystery plot is strong. I changed my guess a few times in the first 50% of the book and when I finalized the guilty party, I was correct. I only realized it because of an early clue, but it is hidden well and makes perfect sense. There is a lot of backstory to come out before we truly understand the complexity of everyone’s relationships at the tv studio. The first victim, a gynecologist, has a lot in her past to unveil.
Gerber writes really well. The book reads easily and absorbs you from beginning to end. I never wanted to put it down, and it had lots of great scenes above and beyond the mystery. We get to know how Aspen and Nick’s relationship progresses, her niece’s maturity (and immaturity) since Aspen adopted her, and the growth in Aspen’s skills as a detective. I look forward to the next installment. 4.5 stars.
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