A Dead Daughter by Anna Celeste Burke

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    While the plot provides many humorous moments and great suspense and entertainment, it is those reflections on human nature and the caring nature of the author that make these books so rewarding.

    Murder and mayhem takes Jessica Huntington to new heights—literally and figuratively—when Libby Van Der Woert wants to meet at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The disturbed daughter of Jessica’s wealthy clients, Libby says she has information about her friend, Shannon Donnelly. Another mixed-up daughter of the rich and famous, Shannon Donnelly has not been heard from in over a week and her pricey car was abandoned in a Cathedral City parking lot.

    Trouble begins the moment Jessica greets Libby in the Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness. Wild, manic, and sure she’s being followed, Libby’s got a gun. All hell breaks loose when Libby’s Beverly Hills shrink shows up with a gun of his own.

    What’s up with the missing and misguided daughters of wealth and privilege in Dr. Carr’s care? Jessica and her Cat Pack friends go toe-to-toe with more well-heeled heels in A DEAD DAUGHTER. Getting to the bottom of things Jessica-Huntington-style, sets off a whirlwind tour of fashionable enclaves, upscale rehab clinics, shops, restaurants and other haute hangouts. Can she and her friends outwit and outlive ‘la crème dela crud’ wreaking havoc in paradise?

    Review by Snark Bait:

    Anna Celeste Burke
    Anna Celeste Burke

    I will be reading more of the series.

    The book starts out with Jessica Huntington showing up to meet her friend, Libby. Libby has a lot of secrets to reveal. Before she can get them all out, her shrink shows up to confront the two friends. Both Jessica and Libby end up in the hospital.
    Then the race in on for Jessica to figure out Libby’s secrets.

    The author does a great job of putting us in the moment. Even though Jessica is from a very privileged world she is a very likeable character.

    Review by ChristopheFischerBooks:

    A Dead Daughter: Volume 3 (Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery)” by Anna Celeste Burke is another excellent installment in this entertaining and well written mystery series. The central character, Jessica Huntington, will appeal to many female readers. A middle aged divorced woman with style and standards she stands out of the crowd of often mindless chick-lit sleuth.

    From the heart-felt dedication of the book we already know that youthful errors of judgements are a theme in the book and there are a few young people in need of rescue in this book.

    The story itself begins with an intense, dramatic scene between Libby, the somewhat ˜mis-guided” daughter of a client, and Jessica Huntington, where Libby reveals several secrets about her life and her shrink.

    What follows is an adventurous investigation by the thoughtful and caring amateur detective Jessica. While the plot provides many humorous moments and great suspense and entertainment, it is those reflections on human nature and the caring nature of the author that make these books so rewarding in my eyes.

    A different strength of this book is the choice of characters: colourful, interesting and not always what you expect them to be.

    After the first two books in the series, this one doesn’t follow pure formula but shows that in a series each book can be as strong as the others with new ideas and without repetition.
    Highly recommended.