By Jennifer Murphy
4 out of 5 stars
I am on a good roll with the books that I have been reading lately and this one didn’t disappoint.
Picasso Lane is a very smart 12-year-old. She has a love of words and reading how she deduces things with that intelligent little mind of her is half the fun of this book. Her parents, Oliver and Diana, lead a seemingly nice life. They both dote on Picasso but she always senses something different about her father. He has a smile at times that doesn’t reach his eyes. When a woman named Jewels appears at their house one day, it sets a plan in motion that changes everything and everyone. Jewels is also married to Oliver, as is Roberta “Bert”. The three wives become close and hatch a plan to kill Oliver. The best laid plans of mice and men….
Detective Kyle Kennedy is investigating the murder and becomes attached to both Diana and Picasso. Will he ever uncover the truth?
This has a twist at the end that I started to feel was coming but it was still a one-two punch. I loved the character of Picasso. I loved how she used her dictionaries to figure out a lot about life. She really is the heart and soul of this book. I also loved how Detective Kennedy was written. He is such a great sympathetic character. Actually, all the characters are very well written, even if you might not like them all.