Another Man’s Treasure
S.W. Hubbard, October 2012
Another Man’s Treasure is a complicated story involving family matters long thought in the past, but which turn out to be very much of the present. For instance, a mother mysteriously dead, supposedly wearing a specially made ring on her finger. Years later, the same ring turns up when estate sales entrepreneur Audrey Nealon goes through a shabby old house she’s preparing before it’s sold. Audrey recognizes the ring, which puts her in terrible danger as she seeks to discover the truth of her mother’s death.
Politicians, powerful families determined to let nothing stand in their way, a father who has reviled his only child, all have a place in this moving and action-filled plot. There’s a bit of romance, a twisty mystery at the root of the action, and most of all, excellent characterization. Audrey is loyal to her friends, her employees (one an ex-con with a dicey history whom she hires against everyone’s advice), and a man–or two–she falls for regardless that she finds both suspicious.
These intriguing characters, the bad as well as the good, boast the story’s momentum. S. W. Hubbard has written an excellent mystery, good enough to make me forget it’s written in present tense, which generally is not my favorite. I am definitely recommending this one for your reading pleasure.
Reviewed by Carol Crigger, May 2013.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.