The Cocktail Waitress

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The Cocktail Waitress

Hard Case Crime

The Cocktail Waitress is not the type of novel that would normally draw my attention. But this book is one that will draw a reader in and leave them guessing. On one hand, the deaths that seem to stalk Joan Medford through her life seem, in some ways, almost planned by her. On the other hand, in other ways, they seem almost planned and carried out for her benefit. This style is indicative of late author James M. Cain. It is a truly fascinating novel about the depths of human emotion, and one that will leave readers with more questions than answers.

Joan Medford believed her life was finally going to begin going in the right direction. After a brief and painful marriage that ended with her husband’s death at the hands of a culvert wall, Joan has finally landed a job as a cocktail waitress at a local bar. Little does she know how her life will change when two very different and enigmatic men come waltzing through the door of the Garden of Roses. Tom Barclay will bring a promise of passion and drama, and not a little intrigue. Earl K. White the Third will promise money, lots of it, and the prestige of his name. But what will both men give up to win the heart of the mysterious Cocktail Waitress? And in the end, is it all worth it?

Book Blurb for The Cocktail Waitress

Following her husband's death in a suspicious car accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet and to have a chance of regaining custody of her young son. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer who makes her blood race and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage...

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.00