The Good Wife (A Henry Johnstone Mystery)

Written by Jane A. Adams
Review by Ilysa Magnus

From the outset, I must admit that I haven’t read the author’s four previous installments in the Henry Johnstone series. However, within a short amount of time, I got the gist, understood the relationship between the chief inspector and his sidekick detective, Mickey Hitchens, and enjoyed their interplay.

In a rural English village in 1929, a young doctor’s wife is murdered on race day. But nothing makes sense. Who was Martha Mason? Who did she see in the crowd at the racetrack? Did that person murder her and why? As Henry and Mickey begin to sort through Martha’s belongings, they discover a handgun and a small key. Why Martha, a rural doctor’s wife, has a gun hidden among her things is a mystery to her own husband.

Delving into Martha’s past, the police begin to learn that Martha was not who everyone thought she was, that her shady past may have come back to haunt her and in that past was the seed of her own destruction.

There are a number of modern police procedural series that I enjoy. I was surprised, however, that this series caught and kept my interest, but Adams has a way of creating tight plots and fascinating characters. I’m now going to go back and read the others.