Review: ‘Redneck’s Revenge’, by Joan Livingston

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Published By: CreateSpace

Publication Date: 31st July 2018

I.S.B.N.: 978-1724560483

Format: Kindle and Paperback

Price: £1.99 (Kindle), £6.99 (Paperback)









Her next case. She’s in it for good.

Isabel Long is in a funk months after solving her first case. Her relationship with the Rooster Bar’s owner is over. Then the cops say she must work for a licensed P.I. before working solo.

Encouraged by her ‘Watson’ — her 92-year-old mother  — Isabel snaps out of it by hooking up with a P.I. and finding a new case.

The official ruling is Chet Waters, an ornery so-and-so, was passed out when his house caught fire. His daughter, who inherited the junkyard, believes he was murdered. Topping the list of suspects are dangerous drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, and an ex-husband.

Could the man’s death simply be a case of redneck’s revenge? Isabel is about to find out.

My Review

Isabel Long, retired journalist and amateur P.I. has taken on her next case, the death of a junkyard owner. His daughter is certain it was murder but the police weren’t interested in hearing her story. So she goes to Isabel.

Isabel and her mother are unusual detective, older ladies in the Miss Marple tradition, in small town New England. They use their experience of life and in Isabel’s case, as a journalist, to investigate the secrets hidden in the hills and woodlands  around them. It makes a change to have an older woman as a main character in a crime novel that isn’t a ‘cosy crime’. Isabel is a modern woman, she uses the internet and drinks beer, swears, goes to the music night at the local bar, has a complicated love life, as well as being a widow, mother and grandmother who likes to get to bed early while her mother stays up to watch her ‘shows’. She is a multifaceted character and I like her. Mrs Ferreira and the other women, Annette and Marsha, are equally interesting and likeable characters.

The descriptions of New England and rural life feel accurate, although I really only have Small Town Murder to go on for that. I can imagine all sorts of horrible things have happened in those isolated little towns and villages. I enjoyed the plot and the writing was easy to read. Very fluent.


Author Bio –

Rednecks Revenge - Joan Livingston bwJoan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Redneck’s Revenge, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the second in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a long-time journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first is Chasing the Case.

An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hill towns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and most recently the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.

After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, Joan returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long series.

Social Media Links –



Twitter: @joanlivingston 



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