Last month I reviewed Stone Cold Sober by Rebecca Marks here. Old Fashioned With A Twist picks up much closer to pregnant protagonist Dana Cohen's delivery date. Her condition makes her very sympathetic to the plight of her ex-husband who asks her to find his kidnapped new baby.
I received this most recent novel in the Dana Cohen mystery series as a gift from publicist Wiley Saichek in return for this honest review.
So the fate of two infants takes center stage in this book -- the one who has been kidnapped and the one who is about to be born. This means the suspense is doubled. Readers will worry about whether the kidnapped child will be restored alive and healthy to his parents, but another grave matter of concern is whether Dana's investigation will endanger her and the baby she carries.
As you might imagine, the father of Dana's baby is less than happy with these circumstances. Yet Dana and Alex are still going forward with their plan to marry before the baby is born. Dana must juggle the demands of her pregnancy, her wedding and the kidnapping investigation simultaneously. I think that this represents the superwoman syndrome. Dana wants to be a wife, mother and use her professional skills. This is a common expectation for 21st century women. Some woman readers may feel that Dana's experiences reflect their lives to a certain extent. Others may think that Dana asks too much of herself.
In Stone Cold Sober Alex exceeded Dana's expectations by studying Judaism with the goal of conversion. In Old Fashioned With A Twist, Alex expects to complete this process before the wedding. Religion is evidently a higher priority for Alex than for Dana. This may lead to conflict in their relationship in future Dana Cohen novels.
Yet the plot line of the current book provides more than enough drama without any additional sources of strife. The intensity of some scenes toward the end of Old Fashioned With A Twist makes the resolution of the case quite moving. Mystery fans should be satisfied.