Death Goes Dutch: A Wooden Shoe Mystery
Albert A. Bell, Jr.
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Death Goes Dutch: A Wooden Shoe Mystery
Albert A. Bell, Jr.
Ingalls Pub/High Country
304 pages
December 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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How far would you go to keep a probable heir from being found? Would you do it for six million reasons? Apparently the Dykstra family, the largest furniture-producing family in the middle Northwest, will go to any lengths to keep all comers from the trust fund.

Sarah DeGraaf, a Korean-American adoptee, reunites other adoptees with their biological parents. She also works as a counselor in the adoption agency, having high hopes that at some point in her life she may find her birth mother.

When Josh Adams approaches Sarah to help him find his birth mother, all holy everything breaks loose. Josh has done the initial research but ends up bringing Sarah into a family who doesn't want the truth known. The mother's brother and sister-in-law initially just try to scare the possible heir away, but things turn ugly rather quickly. They soon find themselves over their heads in the plot.

When you have shady people working for you to take matters into their own hands, you end up with lots of lies, deceit and attempted murder. All this while the grandmother stands tall and accepts that this young man is the true son of her daughter, who died five years earlier.

Sarah and Josh, along with Mrs. Dykstra and an average lawyer who was friends with Margaret, fight their way past everything thrown at them to prevail in the end.

Having not read any other books by this author and the predecessor in the series, it is difficult to say what elements he has brought in from the previous story and how the characters grow and/or stay the same. What is certain is that this is a well-written book, one I had to finish in one afternoon as it kept me guessing. Even at the end, I still didn't guess all the intricacies of the overall mystery - something I enjoy because I don't like to figure out the whodunit/whydunit too soon. Overall, this is a quick, enjoyable read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Elysabeth Eldering, 2006

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