Lesley A. Diehl
Oak Tree Press/Dark Oak Mysteries, 2011
Dumpster Dying by Lesley A. Diehl, is a smartly-paced page turner, with more attractions than a three-ring circus. Ms. Diehl, who must be a juggler in her spare time, keeps many plates spinning in the air, in the form of plot twists and multi-layered character studies.
Diehl’s accomplishment lies in not making Dumpster Dying a confusing blur of people and situations, but in creating a solid backdrop of Central Florida life, a cowboy life that has all but faded into the past, paired with the golfing life of the country clubs of today, and then bringing out the foibles of the native flora and fauna, which both complement and conflict with one another.
Emily, a snowbird who is in peril from page one, is bar tending in order to eat and keep a roof over her head, while she fights in court over the contested will of her deceased life partner. So much for what she thought would be her golden years. Murder, the secret lives of close friends, and the unexpected arrival of adult children further complicate Emily’s life. The old south, and Florida is the old south, has its own way of taking care of business, as Emily and the reader soon find out.
Reviewed by Marta Chausée, October 2011.