You all know that I’m a Dianne Gray fan, and I just finished reading her 2010 novel Wolf Pear. The reader has no idea whether or not the two main protagonists, JD Cusack and Esther Crooke will ever meet. Both characters mistreated as children, you hope that the something in the story will turn out well for them.
Poor Esther, fat, lonely, and constantly tormented, has worked her way into a very successful business with her best friend, Sandy in spite of having a despicably hateful family. JD, with his special talents to see beyond the normal, has become a top federal police officer. Both Esther and JD are haunted by their pasts as well as their present circumstances. Neither of them realize the danger that await them.
The novel opens with Esther burying a man that she has killed. To hide him, she plants tomatoes on his grave. The tomatoes grow exceeding well bringing her unsolicited notoriety and fame, and more agitation from her family. JD’s brother has been murdered, and JD takes time off to “relax”, and runs into to more bodies and unsolved cases away from home as he privately seeks his brother’s murderer.
The pace is fast, and once you start this short novel, you won’t want to put it down until you find out “who done it!” I did learn what a wolf pear was before the end, but I did not figure out the mysteries, so don’t cheat and read the end first – that’s not fair. See if you can do better than I did. 🙂