Criminal Plots II 2012 · review · U.S.

After All These Years by Susan Isaacs

  • After All These Years by Susan Isaacs
  • HarperPaperbacks, May 1994
  • I bought this copy.

In my quest to read something a little less somber, clear my bookshelves, and fulfill another requirement in the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge (book published over 10 years ago), I read After All These Years.  I’ve read a handful of Susan Isaacs novels, and one was a family saga (Almost Paradise) and another was a sort of amateur-investigator book (Compromising Positions).  The focus in After All These Years is definitely on character over plot, and I’m thankful for the comedy throughout.  Additionally, I’m very glad for the low body count.

The book begins with soon-to-be-divorced Rosie Meyers finding her husband Richie dead in her kitchen in her mansion on Long Island.  She is the prime suspect, and she escapes after her husband’s funeral in order to investigate his life in New York City in order to find out who actually killed him.  The plot is not fast-paced:  most of the story involves Rosie meeting with her husband’s work colleagues, clients, and romantic interests.  There is also a heavy dose of Rosie and Rick’s backstory as a couple.

While the book was entertaining, it felt a bit long to me.  There’s a lot of uncovering of her husband’s infidelities and the unhappiness among her well-off friends.  Also, Rosie falls into the category of extremely lucky amateur investigators.  This is not a police procedural obsessed with accuracy.  I’m ready to get back to a somewhat grittier read.

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2 thoughts on “After All These Years by Susan Isaacs

  1. I enjoyed this one, a long time ago. Susan Isaacs writes an impressively varied range, though I haven’t read one by her for ages (I think “Lily White” was the last).

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