Return to Intermezzo ISBN: 9781682940518, Desert Breeze Publishing, an e-book format by Nancy Kay.
Plot: MacKane (Kane) Maguire, a retired Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant had rented a cottage on the shores of Lake Erie for the month of August. Mylinda (Lyn) Oakes, also retired, had done the same. Through a rental agency error, both have rented the same cottage and the small town is overflowing with summer visitors so absolutely nothing else is available. Making matters worse is the mindset of each protagonist. Although a well-conditioned, quite handsome man in his fifties, and she an exceptionally beautiful woman of approximately the same age, neither was ‘looking for any romantic adventure’. Each was looking forward to simple ‘down time’ to relax and recharge. Lyn had had a well-paying responsible position and grown children with a man to whom she thought she had been happily married until suddenly he had left her for a much younger woman. Kane’s wife was the love of his life until suddenly dying and leaving him with two small children. His police officer status with strange hours along with other factors caused him to marry again creating a situation that ended badly and was saved only by help from his mother. Thus, although intensely annoyed, the two mature protagonists grudgingly make the intelligent decision and agree to share the cottage with assurances that other arrangements would be made as rapidly as possible. Unfortunately, this was easier said than done and days went by. Even further complications ensued when crime suddenly hit the small town and engulfed them in a situation that centered on their immediate area and intensified by the fact that Lyn had specifically selected Intermezzo because of remembrances from her childhood. Specifically, drug initiated murders occurred and surrounding evidence was associated with Lyn’s remembrances. Old and new friends of both protagonists, as well as their children, play an important role in the story’s development and an interesting sub-plot that includes a recovering drug addict and his son provides additional interest as the tale gradually unfolds into a dangerous situation for Lyn and leads to an emotional climax that mystery/romance devotees will love.
Discussion: Intermezzo is one of several books by this author I have reviewed and invariably reach the same conclusion. Nancy Kay writes creditable and enjoyable mystery stories and probably is the best portrayer of ‘mature’ romance writing today. Specifically, she provides an insightful picture of the thought and action patterns developed by these individuals who have encountered the annoying and often greatly distressing vicissitudes of life and have survived. And quite contrary to the long held belief that sexual desire disappears with youth, she emphasizes the understanding that only gradually is dawning on a more enlightened (?), intelligent (?) population that love is not the sex act per se. That this is an expression of the deeper, encompassing sense of togetherness that should, and can, exist between a man and woman.
5* Another, most enjoyable Nancy Kay mystery/romance.