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On a beautiful morning, one of those times when one wakes up in such a good mood that you almost smell that everything will go perfectly throughout the day, Suzanne Delacroix had the best feeling as she prepared for her golf course. At age 44, she was named Atlanta's most beautiful woman by Atlanta Magazine, topping contenders of all ages and races. The respected homicide detective never pursued fame, but the honor highlighted what many in Atlanta already knew—that her brilliance and courage were as striking as her appearance. Her triumph in cracking Atlanta's infamous "Game of Twins" case years prior had already cemented her status as the city's top homicide cop. But everything went south when she came home after her golf course and found her husband (Kip) dead. Beside him was a figurine of a golden frog, which had the most toxic poison ever.
She suspects a famous drug lord, Raoul Menendez, whom she had encountered when trying to retrieve her kidnapped stepdaughters, who were entangled in the "Game of Twins." The killer had poisoned her husband and set her up to be killed on the spot, too. It seems that the drug lord would stop at nothing to avenge the death of his lover. Will this top homicide cop bring justice to her husband's death? You will have to get a copy of Golden Frog Poison by Tom Ranseen to find out.
The author introduces us to Suzanne Delacroix, the daughter of a Chinese mother and a black father. I love how the author takes time to build the plot and develop each character. It was done gradually to fully differentiate each character's capabilities, and the characters were developed individually. Characters like Lazlo Kianian and Dr. Jill Treece were my favorites, as they were the bravest, in my opinion. I was shocked when I learned who Gary Popov really was because I didn't see it coming. The story contains themes of murder, racism, etc., and contains a lot of actions.
Though it is the fourth book in the Game of Twins series, Golden Frog Poison by Tom Ranseen stands confidently on its own. The author masterfully weaves in just enough backstory and context from previous books to enrich the plot without confusing new audiences. I was able to fully immerse myself in the high stakes of the action without having to start reading the first book in the series.
Those who have read the previous books in the series will be thrilled to reunite with their favorite characters and see how their adventures continue to unfold. I also recommend it to those who love reading murder mysteries and stories about drug lords. I am excited to read the previous books myself, as I would love to find out in detail how "Game of Twins" started. The book contains a lot of cussy words and racially derogatory speeches. If this triggers you, then you should avoid the book. I encountered some errors while reading the book, but they were minor and didn't affect my reading experience. There was nothing I disliked about this book, which is why I am rating it 5 out of 5 stars.
Golden Frog Poison
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