Blood And Roses: A Jayne Taylor Novel
by Ann Tonsor Zeddies
Review by Gayle Surrette
Phobos Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0972002677
Date: November, 2005 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Next thing she knows, one of the men on another route has an illness similar to one she saw in Europe and her partner on the truck might just be more than he seems. Before she knows what's going on, Jayne finds herself working for the not-yet-Federal Bureau of Investigation in a flying saucer on the way to Japan trying to stop the development of a weapon of mass destruction. But then maybe not, the investigator who forced her to work with him won't listen to her or tell her anything and she thinks she knows more than he does about what he's dealing with.
There's a definite feeling of the '20s going on here. There's the story which is interesting enough in its own right but also the subtext of a woman trying to make ends meet in a world that thinks she's better as a decorative accessory on a man's arm. This is the decade that saw a lot of big changes in women's rights and while this doesn't deal with the issues of the vote it does deal with the everyday issues of trying to survive.
Blood and Roses.is an interesting blend of the old hard-boiled detective fiction and gee whiz science fiction. It's a lot of fun in a strange off kilter way.