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Length: 202 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"This is a well written crime novel - a classic whodunit. Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm is quirky and not without personal problems. But he has to put those problems aside and deal with the untimely death of a teacher - a case where there are no clues, no forensic evidence and a myriad of suspects. But Drumm refuses to let the case go and resorts to psychological pressure to bring the killer out into the open.
 
This is an excellent first novel and David draws on his years of experience to put you in the minds of his wholly believable characters. The plot is well thought out and all the different strands brought to a satisfactory conclusion. I very much look forward to reading the second book `A Striking Death' when it is published and following the adventures of Drumm and his team."

~ Wendy Cartmell, Amazon review

From the Author

An Indecent Death takes place in the fictional city of York, Ontario, Canada. It is located just north of Toronto, and it is based on the cities of Aurora and Newmarket, as well as the Town of New Tecumseth.

The ranks in the York Police Services are based on those of the Toronto Police Service.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P9FSQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,246 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A Canadian writer living in southern Ontario, Canada, David Anderson is the author of several mystery and thriller novels, including Whirlwind and Hangman's Deep, as well as An Indecent Death, A Striking Death and A Cuban Death.

Anderson spent more than thirty years teaching in Ontario's public school system. In 2011 he published his first mystery, to be followed by three others, set in the fictional city of York or the small town of Mount Weston.

He has traveled extensively, having visited all fifty US states, Jamaica, Cuba, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten, Ireland, the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Some of these settings make an appearance in his novels.

Born and raised in Toronto, David now lives in a small town in Simcoe County with his wife and pets. He enjoys walking, biking, swimming, running (when his aged body allows it), drinking Molson Canadian beer and writing.

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The book started out well enough, but by the time I was half way through, I just didn't care any longer. It seemed apparent that the author was too busy trying to set up characters for a series of books than making this one worth reading.

Yes, I want character development, but this whole book was character development with a bit of a mystery thrown in with little thought to trying to capture the reader with the actual mystery.

Nothing that got so much play in the story, the fact that Drumm was previously a school teacher was given as a reason for him being assigned to the case, but that meant nothing. Emily is clearly a set up for the future, because she served no purpose to this storyline, nor did the gambling alcoholic or the whiny female detective who felt slighted because she had to do the grunt work. All took up a lot of story time... with absolutely no purpose in advancing the story along.

And I am sorry, a detective with some sort of defect that makes him prone to malapropisms? That's not style or character... that's annoying.

I kept waiting for the story to get intriguing and to really pull me in. It never did. I guess I am supposed to be curious about what comes next for Nicholas Drumm. But by the time I was done... I just didn't care any more.
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This is an entertaining mystery that kept me guessing. I thought I had the murderer figured out and the detective sergeant didn't know what he was doing. I was wrong.
The narrative has interesting perspectives from each of the characters, which gives depth to the story. However, the repetition, of the crime analyses and the thoughts of the main protagonist, underestimates the intelligence of the reader.
Another issue that stopped me from rating this book "loved it" is the annoying changes in verb tense. The writing often slips into what I believe is past progressive, i.e. "He was looking at the resultant clutter..." when "he looked" would have been better.
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By Fran on July 28, 2013
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Very slow moving even for a police procedural. A very slow mover among slow movers.

Interesting technique - accuse everybody who knows the victim to their face until somebody confesses in the last few pages of the book. Meanwhile, no progress is made in the boring investigation for 90% of the book.

Also annoying in the way the detective sergeant never makes a statement without hedging and qualifying his words: "Yes, that might be true except that we have no way of knowing and are not likely to find out unless we can get a search warrant which is not likely although possible." PLEASE! - after the 50th statement like this it gets old.

So why did I finish the book? Because I never write a review for a book unless I finish it, and I wanted to save you from making a possible mistake because even though you may like the book you will probably not like it unless you are drawn in by the droning narration style which you will probably not like but under different circumstances might possibly think... GROAN!

You can safely skip this one.
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This book was in my "recommended for you" screen the other day, so, on impulse, I bought it. There are some things to like here, but some things I didn't care for so much.

Detective Sergeant Drumm, our main character, is an interesting guy. He's got some fun quirks and it's interesting to watch him take this case on. The murder is nicely presented and the gathering of clues and such are okay. However, three things kept bothering me:

1. The detective and his police cohorts keep revealing way too much information to people they are interviewing. By telling people what they know, they foolishly give any Bad Guys the opportunity to either know in advance about the information they have or to make an alibi for themselves. That this happens repeatedly is a sign that the author may not be aware of it, which is bad.

2. The actual clues for the person whodunnit aren't actually revealed to the reader such that the reader could really figure out who it is with any sense of surety before the detective reveals who it is. We *see* all of the clues, but not enough of the information so that you can be steps ahead. Meh.

3. The interior dialog of the main characters (Drumm and detectives Singh and Wesson) is distracting and not very interesting.

Overall, I was able to finish the book and it was okay. But I don't think I'll look for this author going forwards.
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An Indecent Death is an entertaining read! It features lots of interesting characters to keep you guessing on who committed the crime, plus a quirky and endearing main character (Nicholas Drumm) tasked with solving the mystery. Drumm exposes a suprisingly seamy side to the outwardly mundane world of elementary schools and their teachers. The book is fast-paced, engaging, and well worth your time!
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In my world, a 5 star whodunit is comprise of not only an interesting puzzle to be solved, but also a theme that I find meaningful. An Indecent Death is strong in both of these areas.

Police officers have one of the highest divorce rates of any profession. Personal relationships are challenged by long and irregular hours, pressure for results, and dealing with the dregs of society on a daily basis. The novel's protagonist, Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm, finds himself in the midst of reconciling with his love interest when he is assigned to investigate the murder of a promiscuous 7th grade teacher.

Author David Anderson does an excellent job of subtly showing (rather than telling) how Drumm's profession impacts his personal life at a critical crossroads. We also experience Drumm's professional relationship with a female underling, and see his attitude evolve in a very believable way. As the son of a police detective, I was very impressed with the novel's feeling of authenticity.
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