Jo Tilde is a person that is a friend to no one and loves no one
other than Patty Jo Tilde. Her mind is so poisoned that she
can sit calmly in her house while her husband is desperately crying
for help in the barn. She hears him but has no intention of
calling for help. It is in her best interest that help comes
too late. Patty Jo resides in Fort St. Antoine. This is
the same town where the Sheriff's Department employs Claire
Watkins. Their paths cross in Poison Heart in a most
Claire and her young daughter Meg have
recently moved in with Rich Haggard. Rich Haggard is quite a
catch from the author's description. Meg is in sixth grade and
just beginning to notice boys. She is left alone one morning
while Rich and Claire go into town to meet with friends. When
she hears a strange sound she runs outside to confront a very large
animal with deep brown eyes. What happened to the animal and
how it wound up standing and starring at Meg is just one of the many
mysteries presented in this book.
Before you get to the end
of the story Patty Jo will be suspected of neglect, arson, cruelty
to animals to name just a few of the crimes attributed to her.
But did Patty Jo commit all of these crimes or are they not linked
at all? You will have to read Poison Heart to answer this
Fort St. Antoine sounds like a fun place to visit
once Claire solves all the mysteries set forth in Poison
Heart. With only 142 residents per the latest census it sounds
like the biggest percentage of the residents are people you would
welcome as a friend.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E. REID
NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA E.