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Gloria Trevisi is back again, totally entwined in Plattsford, Canada as a journalist who describes herself as "editor, reporter, photographer and flak-catcher of this small weekly newspaper." It's a world where trouble is waiting to happen in her tumultuous life, beginning in this account with what she hopes is just a mild case of indigestion but fears may be a stronger case of food poisoning. That's because several woman ate the preserves made by the Canning Circle. One is about to die and another one near death anxiously hints to Gloria that this is not a random act of preserve-making gone awry. It's about something written in one of the diaries the very ill woman asks Gloria to hide and do something about it as well from a legal perspective!
On top of that, Gloria's got a new boss at the paper who is probably the most obnoxious, snooping individual who just happens to be one of Gloria's past lovers many, many years ago. Why has he come to manage a small-town newspaper and what is about the chemistry between these two that hints of something darker on his side which Gloria vehemently resists? Does it have something to do with a rival newspaper come to town or is Gloria just on hyper mode and imagining plots and counterplots where none exist?
Who is that ransacks Gloria's attic and why? And why is it that the disappearance of a very young, athletic man merits no more than a few weeks' investigation after a very suspicious drowning?
Gloria's on her own this time as she and her traveling, musician husband are totally out of sync in communicating with each other. Gloria again wonders whether this marriage is doomed to failure and even more anxious as she has something to tell her husband that may or may not get such a terrific reaction!
One Woman's Poison is a grand read that is totally unpredictable right to the last page! A. R. Grobbo's writing skills have definitely evolved into an even greater, talented mystery writer who knows how to spin a tautly plotted characters with interesting characters that will keep the reader rapidly turning the pages for more intrigue and suspense! This one's a keeper for sure!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on September 15, 2008