Susie's Caribbean Cafe is a mood changer in the best possible way. The walls are yellow, the calypso music is live, the food is hot, and the beer is cold. Susie's is also the unofficial clubhouse of our gang of four, branded the Women's Murder Club by our friend, girl reporter Cindy Thompson.
I desperately needed an hour at Susie's. Conklin and I had spent the day looking for a newborn baby. We'd walked with cadaver dogs, checked in with divers at the edge of Lake Merced, and made an all-day, fruitless canvass of houses in the area, with Avis Richardson's photo in hand, asking, "Have you seen this girl?" (p.62)
The continuation of a great series, at least in my opinion, this book's stories include: a teenage girl who seems to be quite a storyteller; a missing baby; a murder trial that on the surface appears to be an easy guilty verdict except that the wife continues to claim she's innocent while others may not have told the whole truth during the year-long investigation; young women who have been raped are left by their homes yet they have no memory of what happened to them; and Lindsay, now married, begins to consider starting a family with Joe. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro has all this and still more for its readers.
The only bad part of finishing this book is that now I have to wait until May 7th to read 11th Hour!