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An Indecent Death [Kindle Edition]

David Anderson
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"Just the book to sit down with on a rainy afternoon with a cup of hot tea (or toddy). The plot is compelling, the characters are finely-drawn with charming quirks and the sense of place is familiar enough to make the story as unsettling as it is enjoyable to read." ~ Morley from Nova Scotia

"I really enjoyed this mystery. It kept me guessing all through the read. Trust me - I usually figure out the mystery before I finish the book. I hope to read more from this author." - Review from Smashwords

"This is a riveting murder mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end! It's skillfully written, with such plausible characters that you feel these people could be real. The plot is logically developed to a climax that you won't see coming! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Det. Sgt. Drumm's first case, and look forward to many more." ~ Diane from Ontario

"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." ~ Ginney from Oregon

"This book is well written and very entertaining. Drumm is a great character, well developed, as are the others. Lots of possible suspects for the murder and the answer is revealed in a suspenseful way. I always enjoy the sub plots of the lives of the detectives and these are well done." ~ Pat from Ontario

"I enjoyed this book immensely. The story was compelling, and Anderson did an excellent job of tying up myriad loose ends into a neat package." ~ Jim from Florida

When sexy, seventh grade teacher Paula Noonan is found murdered in a nearby park, Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm of the York Police Services is called in.

Drumm’s previous experience as an elementary teacher comes in handy when the investigation leads him to Paula’s school, and a host of suspects, including the school’s creepy janitor, an abusive spouse, the principal, a moody and leering fifth grade teacher and the angry and aggressive father of one of her students.

If you are a fan of Louise Penny or Peter Robinson, you will love the twists and turns of An Indecent Death!

EXCERPT FROM AN INDECENT DEATH

On the east side of the school was the gymnasium with its set of double doors propped open. It was pitch dark inside as Drumm entered, but then the lights flickered on, activated by his presence. Four basketball hoops, stage at one end, banners on the walls, Drumm had seen it all before.

Exiting the gym, Drumm made his way to the back of the school where he found a small hallway leading off to the side. There was a door, slightly ajar, at the end of the hall. It was marked, ‘Custodian’, and Drumm pushed it open.

Inside there were shelves with various bottles and pails, mops and brooms in the corner, a filing cabinet and a desk. There was also a sink with a chair in front of it. And in the chair, tilted backwards slightly with his feet in the sink, was a man, eyes closed and head back. He was slight, about sixty, with gray stubble on his face and thinning gray hair. He had on a gray shirt and blue work pants; he was wearing work boots and had the standard ID tag around his neck, the one that all school district employees were obliged to wear. Drumm leaned forward. This one identified the wearer as Pierre Pepin.

“Mr. Pepin?” Drumm used his loudest voice, intending to make the janitor jump. Which he did. Pepin opened his eyes, snorted, awkwardly removed his feet from the sink and stood up.

“Sorry, must’ve dozed off, me. Got here really early this morning, felt really pooped. Not as young as I used to be, me. Just put my feet up for a minute to rest.” The custodian’s missing tooth was clearly evident, and Drumm agreed with Lynnette, it was a bit creepy. He also suspected that this feet in the sink thing was a regular occurrence.

Drumm showed the janitor his badge. “We’re doing some follow-up investigations today, Mr. Pepin. About Paula Noonan’s murder,” he added. “Was she a friend


Editorial Reviews

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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: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P9FSQM
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An setup for a series... I guess February 16, 2012
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining January 19, 2012
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Yawn July 28, 2013
By Fran
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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining mystery! October 11, 2011
By Morgan
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Thematic Qualities December 21, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ok. I will agree with entertaining September 27, 2012
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I 95% enjoyed this thriller. The lead detective is intriguing with his little social hang up. The female characters are strong and allowed to say what is on their mind. However it does seem like there's so much foreshadowing to the fact the author wants sequels that eventually you lose site of the novel itself. Case in point...Drumm has a proclivity to say an incorrect yet similar sounding word which brings some brevity to certain chapters; yet, towards the end of the book there are so many editing mistakes you don't know if these are the same.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent murder mystery, but... September 17, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars the book moved along at a comfortable pace. I would be interested in...
I have a fondness for well written mysteries placed in England. In this one the main police character was especially well fleshed out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna R.
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic !!!
Really enjoyed this book !!
The writer put all the clues right out there for everyone to see....... Read more
Published 2 months ago by maryj
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious... not recommended.
My first impression is tedious... this book doesn't get anywhere quickly.

My second impression is that I HATE reading bold, sans serif typefaces. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. O'Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Surefire debut!
I believe this is the author's first novel, and it's a highly successful debut, in my opinion. For those who enjoy a series with a recurring cast of characters and an everyman... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun; quick read.
The speech pattern is clearly from Canadian roots and the story is interesting and fun. This was a quick read and enjoyable.
Published 5 months ago by Cleo'sDad
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Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
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Good enough that I didn't put it down after 4 chapters, and by the end it was acceptable. Like a lot of books nowadays, the author is obviously from Canada and the writing is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars An Indecent Death
This was an interesting book but was way too long. I realize that solving a crime is neither exciting or rapid but a few steps could be left out of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift wrapped
The ending was gift wrapped in just a couple of pages. Up to that time I did not know who it was, and I am not sure the explanation would have convicted the murderer in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Morris
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The story line is good and keeps your interest, but it is unrealistic. No school system would allow a teacher to act and dress like the victim in the story. Read more
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David Anderson's first mystery, "An Indecent Death", was published in September, 2011, to critical acclaim. "A Striking Death", the second police procedural featuring Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm, was released in October, 2012. The third Nicholas Drumm mystery, "A Cuban Death", was published in December, 2013.



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