The Black Cane
By Eileen Harris
Publisher: Wings ePress
Published: April 3, 2014
The decision to help one small boy turns eight elderly women's lives upside-down. Danger becomes a way of life. If the women are going to save the boy and stay alive, they are going to have to use skills that have been dormant way too long.
Walking to her car after her bridge game, Amelia Armstrong discovered a small boy hiding behind a dumpster. Marc was hiding from two large men who had been holding him captive and abusing him. Escaping with Marc to safety, Amelia called upon her friends from the bridge club who rallied together to help Marc sets the lives of these women topsy-turvy and makes danger the name of the game.
I would classify this book as a cozy mystery type of book. Eight crime-fighting septuagenarians is a bit hard to swallow but wonderfully delightful to think about. Their backgrounds make the possibility of the roles they take on quite plausible, it’s the physicality of sleuthing at their age that is a bit hard to truly believe. A seventy-five year old grandma belly-crawling through the grass? Hmm…. I hope I have as much moxie as these women do at that age.
I liked that these women were not afraid to take care of themselves, but were wise enough to know when they needed help. They mostly did things in pairs so that they always had someone to back them up. I also liked that they didn’t just work with people of their own generation. Their receptionist was a young woman, someone that would seem like an unlikely fit with eight elderly ladies, but who in reality fit in very well even though on the outside she looked more like a punk rocker.
I didn’t find there was a great deal of depth to the character development, though there was enough for me to have the appropriate response to Marc’s soon-to-be-grandmother.
The Black Cane was an enjoyable light crime/mystery read. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author:
From living off the grid in the Arizona desert, Eileen has moved to the woods of upstate New York. She has authored a standalone adventure novel called Desert Shadow. She is also the author of Alicia Trent Series. The Black Cane : Dowager Diaries Book 1 is her latest release.