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The Mad Hatter's Son an Annie Collins Mystery
Annie Collins, an OR nurse, is unwillingly drawn into a friend's life by her plea for help solving her puzzling symptoms. When a close friend of Libby's is severely beaten and dies and after Libby's apparent suicide, Annie cannot quit asking question. The answers are not what Annie expected and she is drawn further into a life that has derailed, which threatens to derail hers as well.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: The plot unfolds steadily, at a purposeful pace that provides the perfect balance of background, detail, and action.

Prose: Artfully written with polished prose, this story flows beautifully. Starbuck is a gifted writer with a strong knack for storytelling.

Originality: While mysteries can be fairly formulaic by nature, Starbuck does an admirable job of making her work distinctive. Her heroine is not connected with any law enforcement group but is instead a nurse, a regular person who is drawn into what becomes a dangerous situation as she learns the truth about her friend's illness.

Character Development: Starbuck does an excellent job of character development. Her heroine, Annie Collins, is sharp, likable, and rational. Readers will find her believable as a nurse turned medical detective, and she is sure to develop a league of faithful followers.

Blurb: Suspenseful and entertaining, this absorbing mystery captivates readers from the very beginning. An outstanding debut!

Date Submitted: April 23, 2018