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Frenemies team up when murder hits close to home

caines | 4/18/2013, 5:30 a.m.

"Friends and Foes a great mystery featuring sistahs as amateur sleuths Not in a hundred years. There was just no way. From the minute you saw her, you knew everything you needed to know about that woman. She was a schemer, she was ghetto, she was the worst kind of liar, and a friendship between the two of you was Not. Going. To. Happen. In a hundred years. Famous last words, huh?Because you got to know her a little and danged if she wasnt okay after all. But can she be trusted? As youll see in the new novel Friends & Foes by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, thats up for discussion. Rachel Jackson Adams was absolutely giddy. Her husband, Lester, had recently snatched the presidency of the American Baptist Coalition from Hosea Bush in a big election and it was Rachels finest moment. Being First Lady of the ABC was what shed wanted for ages.That, and squashing Jasmine Bush into the ground. Whenever she thought about Rachel Adams, Jasmine Bush just rolled her eyes. Rachel was backwoods and everybody knew it. She wasnt very bright, either, which made it easy for Jasmine to get the better of the heffa. Take, for instance, that election. Jasmine had rigged it so that Lester Adams would win because she knew about some illegal activity going on with Pastor Earl Griffith and the ABC. If Lester was president, then he and Rachel would look guilty by association. If they got arrested, then Hosea could swoop in and take over the ABC. That was what Jasmine had on her mind when she was scheduled to be on Oprah to talk about her non-profit organization. But then Rachel got her nose in and made a mess, which became an even bigger mess when she found Pastor Griffith dead in his hotel room. Not knowing quite what to do, Rachel dragged Jasmine back to the room but the body was gone! That was just fine with Jasmine. Maybe even better, because it made Rachel look like a psycho. But when Rachel panicked and Jasmine fell deeper into the situation, she had to admit that maybe Rachel wasnt all that bad. Theyd never be friends, but frenemies might be able to figure out what was going on . . . I wasnt all that thrilled with Friends & Foes when I first got it. Im tired of novels where Christian ladies act un-Christianlike; Ive had too many of them. I wasnt sure I could finish this book but Im very, very glad I did. The authors made me laugh in what turns out to be a rompy mystery with plenty of comedy and no profanity. Though I had a bumpy start, I ended up really enjoying this book and its characters, and I cant wait for the next installment. If youre looking for something thats silly in a good way, give this book a try. Its a sequel but you can read it first and if you do, youll love Friends & Foes in a hundred ways. By Terri SchlichenmeyerMiami Times writerbookwormsez@yahoo.com