It's May and Cruel Poetry is in the air. My favorite Vicki Hendrick's novel used to be Voluntary Madness, but I think her new one must now edge into the top spot. Vicki has a great talent for not trying too hard to write a crime novel. Rather, she focuses on the lives of the characters, and since they're often bad people making bad decisions crime and murder and obsession generally follow. Vicki's prose is beautiful without being prissy or purple. I envy this lady's talent and urge you to all to pick up a copy of Cruel Poetry.