Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rough Weather Book Review

Rough Weather (Spenser) by Robert B. Parker was the next in my pile that I got from the library.  Okay, there really wasn't a big pile because I only had two Spenser books in the pile.  I was trying to figure out which one to start with and realized that this was the next on the list.  I was interested to find out about what the rough weather was going to be that had to do with the wedding cake on the cover. 
This book started off in a very strange manner because Heidi Bradshaw hired Spenser to accompany her to her daughter's, Adelaide, wedding but allowed him to bring Susan with him.  It seemed really strange to Spenser because he wasn't really sure what he was being hired to do but he went along with it.  While the wedding guests were being welcomed to the property, Spenser watched as they arrive and there was a familiar guest- Rugar, the gray man!  It seemed a little suspicious but Spenser still didn't know what he should be doing so he continued to do it.  After the wedding vows were said, Adelaide was kidnapped and the groom and minister were shot dead by Rugar.  Adelaide fainted and Rugar made Spenser carry her to the helicopter.  There was a terrible storm and the helicopter which was the escape route couldn't take off so the guests were all held hostage while they were waiting for the storm to pass.  Spenser confused the guard on the walk back to the church and pushed him off the side of the cliff.  He saved himself and then went to rescue Susan from the church.  In the confusion, the candles lighting the church blew out and then the hostages started to scramble for the doors.  Spenser got Susan and they hid out the night in the barn and were woken in the morning by the sound of the helicopter taking off.  After everyone was home and safe, Spenser decided that he was going to find Adelaide and figure out why Rugar was there doing a simple kidnapping job.
It was quick moving from the beginning to the end.  I would love to say that the end was surprise but I did figure it out earlier in the book but it was still a good ending (even if a little predictable).  I love Robert Parker and this book was no exception.  It was action packed and filled with great characters.  I hope that you read this book and all the others in the Spenser season.  I hope that you pick up this book at your local library or bookstore soon!!!

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