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Reviewed by Helen Huini for Readers' Favorite
In One for An Old Friend by Amanda S. Holiday, Michelle Stevens (Mickie) receives a call from her friend Norma Winslow, who asks to meet her at the Blue Onion. It is already ten in the evening so Mickie says she may be late but will try to arrive before midnight. While she is waiting for her friend, two men approach Norma. She tries to outrun them, but a third man appears and confirms her fears. Determined to save herself, Norma fights the men and just before they overpower her, Sid Koenig, her partner, rescues her. He rushes Norma to the hospital as he returns to the Blue Onion to find Norma’s lost purse and ensure that Mickie is safe. Norma is shortly discharged and returns to the Blue Onion, where she meets her death in mysterious circumstances. Mickie feels she owes it to their friendship to investigate Norma’s death.
One for An Old Friend by Amanda S. Holiday has a character-driven plot. Mickie (the protagonist) is not portrayed as a perfect and infallible character and her weaknesses make her relatable to readers. The fact that the characters have vulnerabilities that made them human will enable readers to empathize with their feelings, especially where their insecurities clouded their judgments. The plot is steadily developed through suspense and the action scenes are vividly described. Readers will enjoy the storyline as the suspense is well executed and does not reveal too much at each stage. Focused on crime and murder, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy detective mystery novels.