Obstacle Course (A Finny Aletter Mystery, Book 2)

Obstacle Course (A Finny Aletter Mystery, Book 2)

by Yvonne Montgomery

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Burnt-out stockbroker, Finny Aletter, is leaving the cutthroat world of high finance to restore historic houses, where the chiseling is done with tools and not false promises.

But her new career launch-party has been disrupted by the murder of a controversial judge whose minimum sentence for a convicted rapist has enraged the city.

Now Finny must survive the social back-stabbing of Denver's elite and race to prove her guilt-ridden friend's innocence if she's to nail the crafty killer.

"A splendid writer—clear eyed, tough minded, and aware. Finny Aletter is a treat!" ~Lawrence Block, author of The Night and the Music

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ISBN-13: 9781614174264
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Series: A Finny Aletter Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 290,597
File size: 811 KB

About the Author

Multi-published author Yvonne Montgomery lives with her husband, a pair of dachshunds, two indoor cats, and a growing flock of (outdoor) sparrows in one of the century-old houses in Denver's historic Capitol Hill. Creaking stairs and quirky nooks and crannies provide inspiration for Yvonne's current work, the Wisdom Court novels, a paranormal series set in Boulder.

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Obstacle Course 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both of Montgomery's book are very good and not so long you get bogged down reading or can't sleep due to extreme violence. There is good character development, good plot, and the main characters are likeable. I look forward to more books by this author.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the fist book in the series. What started out as a great, easy-flowing read, turned into a book I barely wanted to finish. The author frequently used words that when looked up, were listed as "obsolete" or there were "no results" found for that word, instead of just using the type of language reflected in the rest of the book. I expect to see archaic words that I may need to look up in books that were written 100 years ago but not those written in 1990. It was as if she wanted to prove that she knew "big words", whether or not they were actual words or fit within the dialogue of the rest of her story. It happened so often that it became very annoying and distracted from the flow of the story. There were also many typo's in this book which detracted from the flow of the read. Makes you wonder if anyone proofread this or edited it for her before publication. The story line was somewhat weak and didn't hold my interest as well as her first book. Although, the last couple of chapters were more gripping. All in all, I rate this book as just OK.
Lisa_S_reads_ebooks More than 1 year ago
Solid mystery with female amateur sleuth. Finny used to be a stockbroker, but left the rat race to become a carpenter and happened to the guest of honor at Twee's party. And of course, a murder occurs. The twist is that Twee confesses to the murder, even though Finny knew of her whereabouts the whole time of the party, and there was no time that she could have done it. The question becomes why Twee would confess if she did not do it. Finny is married to a hot cop. He is also investigating the murder, though it seems to be all wrapped up without any further investigation required. But Finny is persistent. She sneaks into homes, asks the tough questions, and basically is kicked out or hung up on wherever she goes. She has an ally in Corinne, her client. This book was first published in 1990, and is written about the late 1980s. No cellphones, laptops, etc. So that makes quite a difference in the storyline. There are many suspects with motives to kill the corrupt judge. The story's pace is just enough to keep the suspense and intrigue going. Finny is likable, and I have not read about any female carpenters before. I liked that she didn't fully solve it, but that she was present when the murderer was revealed. It was a solid resolution. I have not read anything by this author prior to reading this book. Even though I didn't read book 1, I did enjoy book 2. Note: I received a review copy from eBook Discovery Read and Review Club. This is my honest review.
Silverblonde More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from eBook discovery in exchange for my honest review. I found this book well written and entertaining. I have not read this author before but intend to look at other book written by her. I would not say the best I have ever read but definitely not the worse.
SamWyoming More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Whodunit Finny’s career-change from stock broker to carpenter is progressing slowly, so her friend Twee throws her a much needed coming-out party filled with potential rich clients. As luck would have it, one of the most noteworthy guests, Judge Sarandon, is murdered. To make matters worse, Twee confesses to being the murderer. Finny is keenly aware Twee could not have done the evil deed, and yet Twee refuses to tell Finny why she is willing to go to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Determined to save her friend from making a tragic mistake, Finny dons her amateur detective cap and sets out to find the real killer. This is the second book about Finny Aletter and her cop boyfriend Barelli. Montgomery packs this murder mystery full of interesting suspects, all with something to hide and each with their own vengeful motivation for killing the judge. Denver and its high society make a fascinating backdrop for Finny’s investigation, adding spice to the adventure of uncovering the dangerous killer. Set in the period before cell phones and computers, this is an engaging cozy mystery with a great twist at the end that doesn’t disappoint. I hear Montgomery has a new series, a set of contemporary supernatural thrillers set in a century-old Colorado mansion. A noteworthy change of pace for this amazing author; I’m looking forward to trying them out
TheWriteBrothers More than 1 year ago
I loved this book to the very end! I never saw the killer coming! :)
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NanaEss More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read, good character developement, keeps the mystery and tension going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The names of the characters were ridiculous to the point of confusion... that combined with lack of character development made following the story very difficult. I just don't get why Finny has to investigate this. She was more annoying than likeable. There is some humor and creative similies throughout. Again, not great but not terrible.
rather_read_than_eat More than 1 year ago
two things were very annoying : use of obsolete words (should not need a dictionary to read this minor novel) and the over use of simile - like , like like!  Who cares what it's like - tell me what it is .  Reads like a midele school paper...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much story here. Lots of irrevelent details and decriptions. Noy like first book at all. Very disappointing. How did this ever get published?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago