Tina Jordan
February 27, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Circle of Wives

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alice LaPlante
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Horror

We gave it an A-

When a husband or wife turns up dead, most cops will tell you the spouse probably did it. So rookie detective Sam Adams is flummoxed by the murder of a local doctor after three women at his funeral all claim to be his wife. Adams figures out pretty quickly how the doctor pulled off such a ruse, but it takes her considerably longer to suss out the guilty wife. The pleasures of this novel — as with LaPlante’s last, Turn of Mind — lie less in the plot, which is strewn with only a few clues and red herrings, and more in the sharply drawn and carefully shaded characters. A-

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