Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cranky, Crabby & Cantankerous

Re: Murder of a Sweet Old Lady by Denise Swanson

Boy, Skye sure has some nasty relatives. They aren’t very polite or civil toward her. They accuse her of stealing things out of Grandma Leofanti’s house and wonder why she contacted Simon the coroner before she contacted them.

Her cousins go so far as to ‘kidnap’ her - after school they grab her by the arms and force her to ride with them in their car all the way to Grandma’s farm. They don’t believe that Grandma was murdered and think Skye is making it up. They tell her that her loyalties should be toward the family and then they leave her there to walk home!

Fortunately just when she thinks she can’t take another step, a friend drives by and offers a ride to Skye.

Sadly a death in the family can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Old hurts can easily resurface. Family secrets can come out. And greed rears it’s ugly head making people fight for money and steal items from the estate. It’s really too bad. Makes you wonder what's important in life.