Lindas Book Obsession Reviews, “After You’ve Gone” “An Austin Starr Mystery Prequel” by Kay Kendall, Stairway Press, Apache Junction, February 2019
Kay Kendall , Author of “After You’ve Gone” ‘An Austin Starr Mystery Prequel” has written an intriguing, exciting, suspenseful ,enthralling, and witty novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. The timeline for this story is 1923, and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. This is the time of the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition, Boot-legging and the Mob. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as quirky, complex and complicated.
One of the main characters in the story is Walter MacGregor, know as Wallie. Wallie is spunky, and full of questions, and just happens to be the Grandmother of Austin Starr. Wallie loves Sherlock Holmes books, is curious and inquisitive and imagines being a detective. Wallie’s Dad is a Judge named Walter MacGregor. Another adorable lovable character is Holler, who is a 6 month old determined and mischievous puppy. Wallie’s Aunt Ida has helped raise Wallie.
Wallie answers the door one morning and meets her Uncle Rory for the first time in his life. He had left shortly after her father and mother had married. Wallie’s mother died in childbirth. Uncle Rory seems to be hiding something, or hiding from someone. Wallie overhears it might have to do to with boot-legging, or having an affair with a married woman.
Suddenly there is a tragic accident. Wallie is convinced it is not an accident. There are strange people, and Wallie starts questioning and looking for clues. There are twists and turns and some things are really unpredictable. Wallie puts herself in grave danger. I enjoyed and found this book to be entertaining. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy action and suspense.