Time to Retire
CreateSpace, October 2013
Looks like the Sunset Gardens Retirement Community may not be the best place for a certain clientele to think about retiring. The codes are uber strict there, and it’s going to take money—sometimes a lot of money—to live there. Especially when rates on just about everything keep going up. The question is, just where is all this money going?
The suicide of a Sunset Gardens Homeowner’s Association board member brings reporter Willy Herbst, not so far off from retirement himself, in to write about the retirement community as a whole. But strange things keep popping up, which draws Willy deeper and deeper into the puzzling aspects of this case. Along the way, Sally Saginaw, a younger intern at his newspaper, is assigned to help him out, and together they uproot some real surprises.
The story drifts a bit. Is it a full-out mystery, or an exposé on retirement communities and the people who live there? Certainly we find that old folks are not immune to learning criminal ways, given the chance. Especially when it comes to money.
Sally is a character who seems to have been added to the story to prove Willy is not quite over the hill, although a romance between them stretches belief. On the other hand, she is on hand to help when Willy, the victim as some of these nefarious folks strike again, is run down by a car.
Reviewed by Carol Crigger, October 2014.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.