When two-year-old Michael Hennessey dies of a drug overdose, his mother, ex-addict, Ashley Hennessy, confesses to the crime. The whole situation doesnít sit well with Claire Conover, the social worker assigned to the case. Claire has watched Ashley work hard to get clean over the past year and half, determined to regain custody of her small son. Claire doesnít believe the young mother relapsed and is sure that Ashley is lying about the drugs. While everyone else accepts the situation at face value, Claire sets out to find the truth, leading her from Birminghamís slums to the high echelons of society. But someone is determined to end Claireís investigation - and with it her life.
Little Lamb Lost is Margaret Fentonís first novel. A social worker herself, Fenton has always been a fan of works of mystery and decided to write one herself. Obviously she also has a penchant for fashion as superfluous descriptions of clothing are scattered throughout. Even so, this is one mystery you wonít want to put down, red herrings and all.
Protagonist Claire Conover has the makings of a delightfully interesting serial character; unlike the lamb, letís hope Fentonís talents arenít lost in the making of only one novel.