☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
When high school English teacher Cassandra Reilly is laid off, she takes a poorly paying part-time job at a local nursing home to make ends meet. Her employment problems may be solved when one of her patients passes away after naming her in his will as the director of a new literary research center. But Cassie isn’t certain she can handle the position, and her doubts increase when she receives a threat against her life.
The lawyer who handles the will proves to be a source of support and comfort, and Cassie hopes their friendship will deepen into love. As the danger increases and Cassie faces her doubts about her own abilities, she begins to develop a new strength of character that will help her achieve her life’s goals.
Fragile Will is a cozy mystery. As with most cozy mysteries, there is more character development than there are thrills and chills. This generally makes for a leisurely pace and a quick wrap-up, and this is true of Fragile Will as well.
Cassie’s love of literature leads her to a temporary job of reading to seniors in a nursing home. She has once again disappointed her parents who cannot stop comparing Cassie to her long departed sister, Jayne. Sadly her parents treat her so badly, that between their perceptions of her and a lost job, she has little self-esteem left. It is clear that she is intelligent, but her mousiness turns her into a wallflower. When she becomes embroiled in accidents, near misses, and multiple deaths, she takes the bull by the horns and starts looking into matters herself.
There are a multitude of secondary characters including a dashing attorney, greedy men looking to inherit their uncle’s vast estate, and many seemingly benign co-workers. While there is a budding romance between Cassie and the estate attorney, it does not dominate the story. Many red herrings make for interesting twists in the story, and I was completely surprised when the antagonist was revealed. The stiff dialogue did detract from the story a bit, but overall, Fragile Will is an enjoyable, light cozy mystery.
About the author: Glen Albert Ebisch lives with his wife in western Massachusetts. His interests include philosophy, yoga, and New England folktales of the supernatural.