Book Review: A Case of Sour Grapes by Gae-Lynn Woods

Dazed and frightened when she wakes, Maxine wonders which parts of her dream are reality and which parts are fiction.

Author Gae-Lynn Woods lives in deep East Texas, so she understands hard-working Native Texans, how they think, how they live, and especially how they respond to a heinous crime.

In her novel A Case of Sour Grapes, Maxine Leverman, a wealthy, independent woman, lives high on the divorce settlement from her ex-husband.

Gae-Lynn Woods

Despite the skepticism of her family, Maxine is determined to obtain her private investigator’s license and pass the exam to carry a weapon. Maxine convinces her aunts that she is serious about changing her lifestyle from one filled with shopping for beautiful clothes and shoes to one filled with responsibility and intrigue.

Her Aunts Kay and Babby own Lost and Found Investigations and finally agree to give her an opportunity to gain some experience as an employee of their firm. They send her on important jobs such as taking an envelope to the post office. Outwardly, Maxine does not complain to her aunts about the menial chores assigned to her. Instead, she bides her time waiting for the “big case” she’s sure will come her way if only the aunts will recognize her abilities.

On the surface, Maxine is cheerful and one day agrees to man the phone when everyone else leaves her alone in the office. The phone call — more than passing any exam to carry a weapon or more than proving to herself and her aunts that she is serious about life — poses one dangerous escapade after another for Maxine and her best friend Cass Elliott.

Deep inside, Maxine is troubled. You see, she has a recurring nightmare which manages to intermingle with her more pleasant, erotic dreams. Dazed and frightened when she wakes, Maxine wonders which parts of her dream are reality and which parts are fiction. She reasons truth matters. And because she wants to know the truth and enjoy a little revenge as a result, she and Cass team up to expose the truth and uncover the culprit who has committed heinous crimes in East Texas.

Erica Jong once wrote, “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something, you can be judged.” For once in her life, Maxine finishes what she started. The reader will have to judge whether or not her quest for truth and justice was worth it.

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