Checking the Traps

Isabel Long is a bit banged up from her last case with a broken collarbone and her arm in a sling. But that doesn’t stop her from pouring beer at the Rooster Bar or taking her third case with Gary Beaumont, a local drug dealer who once terrorized her. Gary is convinced his brother didn’t jump off a bridge known for suicides. Somebody pushed him.
Gary’s brother was a boozer who drove for a highway crew. But what interests Isabel and her ‘Watson’ — her 93-year-old mother who lives with her — is that the man wrote poetry.
The chief suspects are one of Gary’s business associates and a famous poet who plagiarized his brother’s poetry for an award-winning book. Yes, he was that good.
As a journalist, Isabel did regular meetups with her sources for stories. She called it checking the traps. She does the same as a private investigator, and this time, she’ll make sure she doesn’t get caught in one.

Review Checking the Traps by Fany Van Hemelen:
This was my first book by this author and I loved it. It’s the third book in a series, but you can read it perfectly as a stand-alone. The author gives bits and bytes of the previous ones, so you can follow the narration.

Isabel is a private investigator, who gets involved in an intriguing case and got entangled in bad environments, but that’s not the reason I did like it. Isobel and her mother of ninety-three are so special. The mother is delightful and I did love her brave and stubborn daughter.

Besides that the other characters aren’t not the usual ones and that’s what makes this a lively cast of figures in this mystery. The sense of humor of Joan is fun and an extra asset to read this story. Next to guessing for the truth and comic scenes, this book offers some romance and colorful personalities with intriguing and not always easy lives. If you’re a lover of immersing tales just read this and you won’t be disappointed.



Joan Livingston


Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Checking the Traps, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the third in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first two are Chasing the Case and Redneck’s Revenge.
An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.
After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, she returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long mystery series.

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Titel: Checking the Traps |  Auteur: Joan Livingston | Uitgeverij: Independently Published | Categorie: Thrillers | Uitvoering: paperback | 272 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781796749526 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: februari 2019 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 31-03-2019 | Prijs: €12,99 | Bestellen