It’s a Mystery: Where There’s Smoke, by Simon Beckett

3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, baby!

Public relations exec Kate Powell loves her business, but has not been as lucky in love. Her last relationship, which ended three years ago, turned her off the idea of marriage. Yet she wants to have a child, and can’t bear the thought of its father being an anonymous donor. After she places an ad in various professional journals, hoping to meet a suitable donor who will respect her autonomy in this most personal of matters, her life will become a nightmare. Where’s There’s Smoke is one of Beckett’s first published thrillers, written before he became interested in forensics. Though published in 1998, it’s main themes, which include abortion, single parenthood, stalking, and mental illness, are no less topical today. Good early effort.

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