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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
The Silver Foxes are the remaining seven members of the Independent Living bridge group at the Evergreen Retirement Community located in Lewiston, West Virginia. The eighth member, Suzie Cunningham, died recently. The circumstances of her death did not sit right with her friends, and their sleuthing began. At the same time, a few of the retirement community’s employees and volunteers had similar concerns. Suzie’s ex-husband and their two daughters, Brenda and Penelope, appear to be fighting over the property the daughters inherited. Another death in the town may or may not be related. Tidbits of information add to the intriguing mystery in The Silver Foxes, written by Nancy Swing.
One of the delights of this intriguing mystery is the interesting cast of characters. There is a gentle interweaving of the residents’ pasts, including professions and marriages and how these experiences affect the relationships within the tight-knit group is a captivating part of the storyline. Likewise, the past experiences of staff and volunteers also reveal current motivations. The author writes in a clear, concise manner. She also balances the grief of Suzie’s death with appropriate humorous moments. And, she portrays the lives of Independent Living residents in a realistic manner. They are the younger group of elderly residents who are physically active, with some limitations, and dementia has not affected any of them. Author Nancy Swing has written a fascinating mystery in The Silver Foxes. Although this is the last of a trilogy, it stands well alone. If readers find this book first, most likely they will want to read the previous two books!