Tuesday, January 11, 2011
ENGINEERED FOR MURDER by Aileen Schumacher
Every occupation has in it some seeds of violence.
So it is with engineering, especially structural engineering.
When you do what Tory Travers does, inspect construction sites, you deal with a lot of money. Your reports could hold up construction and financially devastate the contractors involved.
So, when Travers' company brings construction to a halt because a column on a university stadium project was not cast correctly, all hell breaks loose.
The problem escalates to the theft of the records and the murder of the technician who is working with them.
Talk about heaping one complication on another, Aileen Schumacher does that in Engineered for Murder. Tory gets herself in deeper and deeper. Lt. David Alvarez delves into Tory's checkered past. At one point, he also thinks she could be the murderer.
And the book goes from there.
For me, the best thing about this book was Tory Travers herself. She is strong, stubborn, and makes several mistakes, especially about hiding information. She has overcome difficulties in her past, and she is determined to solve this murder without any help from the men around her.
Sometimes I wanted to shout at Tory, "Don't be so dense. You are only making things worse!" But at the same time, I admired her and enjoyed reading about her.
So this was a good book for me. I'm glad I ran across a small interview with the author, Aileen Schumacher, on the Mystery Scene Magazine website (listed to the right). That interview led me to Schumacher's four Tory Travers books, and now I have read two of them.
You'll be hearing about the other two in a while.