Author: Sandra J. Robson

Publisher: Rainbow Books Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-56825-146-2

At forty two, Florida based, ex photo-journalist Keegan Shaw is an amateur surfer (two foot high waves are her specialty), a reluctant detective and the part-time lover of Tom Roddler. Keegan’s pretty sure the part of the time when Tom’s not with her, he’s with another gal, name of: Sunni Russell. Sunni’s got a problem; her sixty something mother, Abby, is about to fly to London and Sunni wants to know why. Reared by her mother with the help of a wealthy, recently deceased stepfather, Sunni doesn’t know who her birth father is, or was, and Abby won’t tell.

After a sex-sensational stay in the Bahamas with Tom Roddler, Keegan is persuaded by him to hire out to Sunni, her brief:  masquerade as a psychic and join Abby, a true karma believer, on her London flight to investigate the why of the trip and the wherefore of Sunni’s father. Uncomfortable about foretelling anything except maybe the spirit in a cocktail, Keegan Shaw, the star of author, Sandra J. Robson’s exciting new mystery, False As The Day Is Long, joins Abby’s flight. 

Keegan doesn’t have to assume the psychic disguise; after introductions (Abby’s karma guide told her to watch out for a guardian angel with the initials: K.S.) they hit it off big-time.  Seems like Abby is haunted by happenings that happened in London over forty years ago; her friend, Susan Miachi, was brutally bashed and murdered in the apartment they shared with Nigel, a gay guy.

Susan’s murder, still unsolved, Abby feels the only way she can move on and stop the recurring nightmares of her friend’s death is to return to London and try to find out whether someone from the 60’s hippie group they both belonged to was responsible. 

Embarrassed by spilling the beans to a stranger (even one with the initials of a guardian angel), on arrival, Abby splits from Keegan in the airport luggage area without passing on her London hotel address. This presents a dilemma to Keegan; Sunni has given Abby’s address to her but to keep the investigation a secret she has to devise a means of accidentally bumping into Abby or setting up around the clock surveillance – a bit tricky when there’s only one operative.

Sandra Robson has created an engaging tell-it-like-it-is character in Keegan Shaw. Written in a quirky witty style the description of London street life and streetscapes made me feel  I was right there with Keegan as she navigates streets and lanes, catching up with what’s gone down or up since her last visit in the eighties. 

Abby and her 1960s’ pals were heavily involved in a progressive, quite possibly crappy art scene where miniskirts, free love and drugs were all you needed to be a hit with the in crowd. Renewing acquaintance with them, Abby finds, despite the forty plus years gap in their friendship, not much has changed. She re-connects with Keegan and they go to Abbey’s former lover, Joseph’s gallery opening. Stuff happens – bad stuff; Abby, standing on the pavement in front of the gallery is pushed in front of a car. Was it an accident or was it deliberate? Abby votes for deliberate and so does Keegan.

Worried for Abby’s safety, Keegan discovers nothing is as it seems, secrets and lies mask the identity of Susan’s killer. Close to a breakthrough in the investigation, Keegan meets a nasty guy who segues to really really nice, spunky as well. She puts him on hold; determined to find out who murdered Susan and the identity of Sunni’s father, Keegan interviews the major players in the 1960’s murder mystery. 

Abby’s friends all share a common trait – they’re accomplished liars. The weather in London, wet and woeful, Keegan decides it was all so long ago that only Susan’s killer knows what really happened and as Abby won’t divulge the identity of Sunni’s father, maybe exiting centre stage is the best option. She can’t leave – Abby is in real danger.

In a suspenseful, fast paced climax with as many surprises, twists and turns as a 60’s psychedelic happening, Keegan unmasks the identity of Susan’s killer and Sunni’s father. Great ending – who would have thought? I didn’t.      

I liked False As The Day Is Long – a well written mystery with a fun, realistic lead character. The next Keegan Shaw mystery is on my wish-list.


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