Rosa Bassetti is an elderly resident of the Upper East-side of Manhattan, an area inhabited by people who are not rich stockbrokers or financiers. All Rosa has is her dog and the connection with her neighbors who also have pets. When Eileen Hargan, another senior citizen who is her neighbor, receives a threat against her pet unless she pays money, Rosa springs into action, determined to get to the bottom of it.
Connections by Jacqueline Wein is a story of the connections people have with their pets, and those that develop because of a common love of their animal companions. Though the story has a strong focus on the interpersonal dynamics, it’s also a competently written mystery, that follows several characters as they learn that the threats against pet owners is more widespread than originally thought.
The author captures your imagination and interest from the very beginning and keeps it throughout the book. Her portrayal of the diverse people living in Manhattan, and the everyday travails the elderly face make this a book for the serious reader and the casual lover of mysteries alike.
I give Wein five stars for this one.