Prescription for Murder by E. E. Smith

Posted November 7, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments


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Prescription for Murder by E. E. SmithPrescription for Murder by E.E. Smith
Series: Alexis Smith #4
Also in this series: Death by Misadventure, Russian Roulette, Bad Blood
Published by Phoenix International on August 1st 2014
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 202
Format: ARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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It was announced that Alexis J. Smith, an American private investigator, had married Detective Inspector Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard that morning on the island of Majorca. But, in fact, a mysterious telegram addressed to Lexie and kinda probably signed by her sister Mary, had arrived saying that their mother was ill and needed her desperately. Trouble is, their mother had been dead for three years. So who sent the wire, and why? Someone needed her, that much was clear, and Lexie feels she must fly home and find out who it is. Of course, the wedding is off.

Back home in Sacramento, she learns that a U.S. congressman from that district has been poisoned, and one of her friends is about to be charged with the crime. A second murder, of the druggist who dispensed the lethal prescription to the congressman, now points to the Irish Mafia. In the meantime, Mary is kidnapped by the Mob and held prisoner while Lexie is sent to Ireland to find, and bring back, a young woman who had fled the country to escape the attentions of one of the Mob bosses. Her sister's life depends on a successful mission, but Lexie has double-crossed powerful organizations before, and may have to do it again.

In the meantime, Harry Hawkins will bend every rule of Scotland Yard to help her, but will it be enough? Is this the end, or merely the closing of the circle?

Main Points
Writing Style:
 Same as the first three.
 I loved it, as usual. Excitement never ceases, especially when we’ve got the Mafia involved, Irish or not. Only a few things I’d really like to mention.
One, it’s pretty obvious that she and Harry get married in this book, and that kind of wraps up the series for me, but I think there will be more books. I’ll read them, of course, but the marriage seemed like a climax.
Two, her sister was a total brat! I couldn’t believe her. She was atrocious. I don’t know how Lexie puts up with her. She should have left her alone.
Three, her relationship with Harry seems a bit…lacking in excitement. It’s begun to feel more like a business arrangement at this point. Oh, he’s so nice, he’ll be able to support me, we get along well, we do cool spy stuff together…yeah, we should probably get married, that’s the logical conclusion. She basically says as much several times. Is she really in love with him? Where’s the spark? Goodness. It’s been fading for the past couple books now, even though I feel deep in my heart that they’re the right couple. I hope they get things back on track. She seems to spend a lot of her time pushing aside her feelings for him, even at times when it would be really beneficial for her to show him how she feels.
Expertly described, as usual.
Good vs. Bad
  • plot
  • characters
  • ending
  • writing

Less than perfect:

  • relationships
  • romance
Bottom Line
Another excellent addition to the series. More fun adventures, with the added delight of her brat of a sister thrown in. Couple that with her unsteady relationship with her Mr. Right and you’ve got a great story. Would I read more by this author? I will for sure. Would I recommend this book to others? Always!

About E.E. Smith

E. E. Smith lives close to her native San Francisco where, after many years as a playwright, she now writes books and short stories instead of plays. One story was published in Writers’ Forum: Britain’s Best Magazine for Writers, in 2006. The play, WARTIME RECIPES, first performed in Oklahoma City in 1998, was reprised there in 2010. Her first novel, BOARDINGHOUSE STEW, was published in 2009, and the New Edition published in 2011. The second novel, TIMES LIKE THESE, was also published in 2011, and IN LOVE AND WAR, a memoir, was published in 2012. She debuted as a mystery writer with Death by Misadventure in 2013. At least three more books in the series will follow in 2014 and beyond

Overall: four-stars


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