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Wrestling with Death: Zoey Wilde Mystery #1 by Randee Green is the first book in a new mystery series. Zoey's wrestling career is hitting its stride and now she has a shot at the championship. Things are looking up until her ex-boyfriend reappears in her life after nearly killing her, which shakes her to her core. Zoey had worked to rebuild her life after the abusive relationship before her ex crashes back into her life and tosses her into a whirlwind of events. When his body is found in the parking lot, all the evidence and accusations point to Zoey and her family. It doesn't help that just moments before she was seen yelling at him and that he made his last appearance in a match against her brother. She'll do whatever it takes to prove their innocence, even if it means going toe to toe with the real killer.
The toxic relationship between Zoey and her ex is at the center of this mystery by Randee Green. The trauma she experienced is described with authentic details that show how it still haunts her. The story centers around the world of wrestling which gives a unique backdrop and makes Zoey's world stand out in a manner that mystery lovers will adore. The story is family-oriented with an amazing cast of characters. Their dynamics are what make this mystery shine so beautifully as their relationships are central and dictate how they protect each other. Humor is driven by each of these personalities and whether it's the wrestling moves or the way they fiercely love each other, you'll enjoy every second spent with them. Delightful family history is lightly woven into the story through the inclusion of her great-great-grandmother who worked as the tattooed lady of a freak show and eventually entered the wrestling ring. This provides intriguing background to this larger-than-life family and their personalities. Wrestling with Death is a mystery that has wrestling, murder, confronting trauma, an empowered female sleuth, and delightful family connections.