Daily Review: Danger by Design by Helen Macie Osterman
November 14, 2017
Danger by Design is an entertaining leisurely-paced cozy starring a likable, obstinate hobbling heroine and a strong support cast.
The protagonist of this book is a superstitious Italian woman, Net Petrone. She becomes involved with a society scamming the elderly.
In uncovering the scam, she puts her life in danger.
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Net Patrone is no different. She is an elderly widow living in a retirement community and recovering from knee surgery. When Net is approached by the son of the former tenant, who has passed away from a heart attack.
He tells Net that his mother said there was a new will made and that if he doesn’t find it soon a secret society will receive all the inheritance. He believes his mother was coerced into signing away her life’s savings, and possibly killed.
Net gets in over her head, with her best friend and neighbor Ruth. Ruth tries to tell Net to stay out of it. Things are getting too strange and dangerous. net agrees, but just cannot let the former tenants family down, without solving the mystery.
After searching her home, to no avail. Things heat up and get bad real fast. Net finds the suspicious society, putting herself in even more danger. Net fears for her safety and the safety of her family.
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The Watkins brothers are concerned with the health of their elderly mom. She calls her son George while he is on business in New York to tell him she changed her will back to bequeath all to her family and that she fears someone is watching her. Used to her recent erratic behavior, he waits until he gets home, but before he does she dies from a heart attack.
Filled with guilt, George visits the new owner of his mom’s gated retirement community home, widow Antoinette Petrone who is recovering from knee surgery. He mentions the missing will; if not found soon the Society for Fifth Beneficence inherits one million dollars rather than the family who need the funds to help care for George’s disabled nephew. Net and her BFF Ruth Borden search the house for the lost will, but fail to find it.
They take a genealogy class taught by Professor Marcus and soon after receive an invitation to attend a Society for Fifth Beneficence lecture provided by Brother Rupert, which Net goes to alone. Feeling compelled to find the missing will; Net fears a sinister scheme targeting the elderly who name the Society for Fifth Beneficence as the benefactor of their estates; while someone breaks into her home she assumes searching for the will.
Danger by Design is an entertaining leisurely-paced cozy starring a likable, obstinate hobbling heroine and a strong support cast that runs the gamut from the good (family and friends), the maybe bad (Marcus) and the ugly (Rupert). Although Net’s loving crew and George are too kind; readers will enjoy the caring geriatric amateur sleuth reluctantly investigating a deadly scam (mindful of Leverage’s The Grave Danger Job).
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