Dear Daughter is the first novel by Elizabeth Little, and it definitely hits the mark. It opens with the release of Janie Jenkins on a technicality after ten years in prison for killing her mother. Did she do it? She really can’t remember, but what little she does remember from that night causes her to doubt her own guilt, and go on a search for the real murderer. Not that she got along with her mother, but … could she have killed her? Add to all of this the fact that she is a celebrity living in Beverly Hills, so when she gets out of prison, everyone is looking for her, some want to kill her, almost everyone still thinks she was guilty of her mother’s murder. So Janie sets off on her search, in disguise, and tells no one where she is going. She discovers her mother’s background and in the process makes many more discoveries about who her mother was, and who she is, herself. She is funny, and determined and a very resourceful character. The story has many twists and turns and by the end, there is one last surprise. This is an engrossing mystery that many will find hard to put down.
Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger