Praise for Impulse...
"A touching reflection on the changes that come with growing older in a society prejudiced against the elderly." -Booklist
Murder mystery writer Frank Smith boards a plane in Phoenix, heading for his 50th class reunion in Maryland. Behind him he leaves the highly suspicious disappearance of his wife. The officer assigned to the case believes Smith killed her and buried the body in the desert.
But another mystery awaits Smith at the reunion. A group of boys walked from the campus into the woods 25 years ago and disappeared. Challenged to solve the mystery, Smith relives his own boyhood when his father was head of the English Depart-ment, and that of the missing boys' classmates, some of whom are back for their 25th reunion.
Dr. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a respected teacher, researcher, and scientist, having taught Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also an ordained Episcopal priest. Now retired from full-time ministry, he lives and writes in Arizona.
..."a thought-provoking examination of serious pastoral issues and a thoroughly entertaining mystery that succeeds on all levels without recourse to bombast or carnage."
--Publishers Weekly on Secrets.
At the start of Ramsey's superb, perfectly paced stand-alone, Phoenix mystery writer Frank Smith heads for his 50th prep school reunion-at Scott Academy, near Baltimore-anxious about all the attendant grudges, passions, jealousies and nostalgia. More seriously, Smith must contend with the suicide of his brother, Jack, 50 years earlier; the disappearance of four
teenage schoolboys during the 1980s; and, back home in Arizona, the relatively recent murder of his wife, Sandy, a crime for which he's now the chief suspect. Ramsey (Artscape andSecrets ) treats these traumas in a manner at once intriguing and believable yet somehow breezy and joyous. Seldom in crime fiction does one meet lead characters as likable as Smith
and his long-lost friend/new love interest, Rosemary Mitchell. Both are ""pushing seventy"" but try to solve the various mysteries with the style, audacity and intelligence of a Sun City version of Nick and Nora Charles. Their senior viewpoint with commentary on various generations-""Greatest,"" Boomers, Xers-makes for a perspective that's at once tart, worldly and compassionate and that nicely balances the genuine evil in the air. --Publishers Weekly, 04-17-06.