Saturday, December 7, 2013

Bakers Dozen by M Will Smith Review

Rose Baker is both shocked and infuriated to find that her brother Judd has been the ringleader of a conspiracy to promote political assassinations over the years.  These assassinations were of Rose’s political idols.  In the violent argument that ensues, Judd falls and is fatally injured.

Certain that his dozen co-conspirators will never face the justice they deserve, she hatches a plan to make sure that they do.  Traveling the four corners of the country, she takes them out, one by one.  Always a step ahead of the conspirators and the authorities, who never suspect a seventy year old well-dressed woman to be involved in such acts, they have no idea who to look for.
Along the way, Rose begins to suspect that the conspiracy is much deeper than the thirteen men, so decides to pursue it to wherever it leads.  FBI detectives Chuck and Cathy, who picked up on the murderous rampage midway through Rose’s march across the country, are slow to put the pieces together but finally catch up with her near the end.

Baker’s Dozen is about political hatred and retribution in the extreme, and how idealistic beliefs can permanently distort one’s perspective regardless of which side is involved.
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My Review:
This is a very good book about how strong sibling relationships are. Rose was on a mission to bring justice to 12 men that were involved in her brothers death. This was a really fast read for me. It reminded me of Murder She Wrote, only the older woman was doing the crimes rather than solving them. It was intriguing to see the detectives keep overlooking Rose because of her appearance and age. I started to wonder how many people were really involved and  if Rose was going to be able to catch them all. I can not wait to read the sequel to this book and to read how Rose goes after more criminals. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

Mr. Smith retired early from a job as a transportation planner in the Pacific Northwest and went sailing by himself.   He lived on the sailboat for ten years and sailed up and down the West Coast from Seattle to central Mexico.   During that time he wrote a number of novels while in anchorages or marinas.  However, he did not publish them, so they sat for over ten years on floppy discs.  Last year his wife discovered them and after reading one insisted that he publish it.  After considerable editing, he did so through his daughter’s publishing company, Red Frog.  Since then, he has published two others and is currently in the process of publishing another.  Thus far he has not actively promoted any of them. 

He has two daughters who live in Los Angeles.  His wife is the primary editor and cheerleader for his books.  They live in the Phoenix area in the winter and spend summers in the White Mountains of Arizona.  A book club in the White Mountains read the first book, Baker’s Dozen, and received it very favorably.    They have three small dogs.   The dogs are a joy to them, but are apparently making the local vets wealthy.

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