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A Splendid Little Murder: Death on La Tempestad (Ed Lane Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Ed Lane novel time sequence is

1. A Splendid Little Murder
2. Island of Spirits
3. Finding Elysium
Lane's character and personal circumstances change somewhat in the series. He starts Splendid as an inspector in the Federal Police investigating the murder of a Congressman's personal assistant on La Tempestad Island. In solving the murder, he embarrasses the Congressman, who get him fired from the Federal Police.

Since then, he has been delivering pizzas and doing odd jobs to keep afloat. In Island, his outlook improves  when a private contractor hires him to work as local sheriff for a team of ecologists and researchers restoring La Tempestad from cattle ranch to its natural state. While working on the island, he has a close, personal encounter with a ghost and other inexplicable experiences.

Later, in Elysium, we find Lane working as a bartender in a jazz club, where the president of Elysium Analytics hires him to identify the person who hacked into his company's computer network. He finds the hacker and later investigates and solves three related murders.Key Terms: murder, Shakespeare's Tempest, wild west, vaqueros, politics, ecology, Mexican Mafia, marijuana, military, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, survival, Teddy Roosevelt

About the Author

Henry Simpson is a California native who lives in Monterey. He has spent most of his career as a research psychologist, engineer, and writer, and has served in the Marine Corps.

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  • File Size: 4435 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4IU2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Chicago, Henry Simpson grew up in Southern California and currently lives in Monterey. He studied engineering, did graduate work in English and Psychology, holds a PhD from UCSB; spent his career as a research psychologist, engineer, and writer, served in the Marine Corps. Always the writer, he has published fiction, scholarship, and technical works on many subjects. His fiction is character-based and invariably has a subtext: flimflammery in the arts and religion, the upside and downside of genius, abuse of political power, the unsettled nature of reality, horrors of the corporate workplace, achieving the American dream, a prodigal son's disastrous return, finding one's place in a new world, is criminality ever justified?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca R on October 28, 2012
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This book would have been a lot better if the author hadn't lost track of his investigators in the middle and screwed up who did what. I hate when authors do that. This is especially annoying because it was relevant to the solution of the mystery, which makes the flaw pretty serious.

Better characterization and differentiation of perspectives would certainly be an improvement. Maybe other readers don't even notice the error because the perspectives are so similar.

But it was a decent enough quick-read mystery other than that.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Haberman on September 20, 2012
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Henry Simpson's debut murder mystery, A Splendid Little Murder: Death on La Tempestad, occurs on an island off the California coast, where a killer takes the life of a visitor. La Tempestad is no ordinary island for it's part ranch, part hunting preserve, and part hideout for the powerful, who come to enjoy themselves in private. Neither is the murder ordinary. It's the most serious crime there in decades for it's the death of young Congressional aide, Gina Raines. Her mysterious death triggers the rest of the story and brings on stage two main law enforcement characters, Ed Lane and Miranda Bell, both from the Federal Police.
Who killed Gina Raines and why? The two set off to find out, and there are plenty of suspects.
Did Congressman Alonso Duncan, despite being married, have an affair with his attractive assistant, and did that somehow lead to her death?
Could Vito Garza, a charismatic farrier and Raines's island riding companion as well as a parole, somehow be the culprit?
Or could Duke Stockton, married playboy and the ranch's chief executive officer, based on the mainland, somehow sneak onto the island and do it?
Was there an accomplice?
Then there are drugs, a mysterious boat docking at night, loading, then leaving the island.
A further plot complication for the two investigators is the discovery of two leases, pertaining to the ranch. Does this discovery matter to the murder, or is it just an interesting local tidbit?
These issues and the twists of the story keep the reader turning the pages. For Gina Raines's death is a tangled business, as many a murder is, that Lane and Bell manage at the end to untangle, thereby solving the crime.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol on August 27, 2012
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A quick read about a serious subject. The mystery creates few surprises, but there are a few interesting characters. I would have preferred more detail about these characters and their relationships to add depth to the narrative. Some of the interaction felt contrived and lacking in emotional substance. The story kept my interest, but it would have been helpful to have more information about the various characters, It was difficult to remember how everyone fit into these loosely woven groups. It was fun to follow the detectives as they interviewed the possible suspects, and then to read how they shared the information they each gathered to discover the discrepancies from the various 'persons of interest.' I would recommend this book to someone who loves mysteries, and is short on time to read. This book was given to me for an honest review. I hope this is helpful to future readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on August 19, 2012
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I recieved this book free to review. It reads relatively fast, only a few areas drag a little. Dialect of the characters was well represented without making it difficult to decipher. It had the mystery with action and adventure to go along with it! The characters are kept a little thin, but what the author put in what was needed for the characters to be believable. I was a little surprised at the secondary crime in the book, figuring we were only looking at one crime, but it added a little more depth to the island. All in all it was a good read, and enjoyable relaxing book to sit and enjoy. Definately worth reading once, and maybe even worth a second read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By girl jennings on August 20, 2012
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Instead of giving a synopsis of the whole book, I would like to focus on the writing style of the author. What I enjoyed the most was the realistic dialogue of all the characters. For me, this is the most important aspect of a story. Simpson has a keen intuition and insight into real life people, how they speak, and their mannerisms. The setting and sometimes even the plot will not ring true if the players are shallow, fake, or unrealistic. Great character development is key to any great story, especially mysteries like this one. I will read more from this author and look forward to his future works.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2012
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I received this book free from Freebooksy for my willingness to write a truthful review.

When I received this book I had not read any books by Henry Simpson. As of late, when I read a murder mystery I usually have it figured out in the first 5 chapters, and it was a pleasant surprise when that did not happen this time. The overall length and writing style was good. It was an easy, but descriptive read.

There where two situations in which I found it hard to suspend my disbelief.

1. Going for a run from one end of the island to the other, after midnight, with a murderer on the loose.

2. Getting on a boat, when motion sickness was an issue, with a person who was believed to be involved with the murder.

Even with those two issues the book was enjoyable to read. I would recommend it.
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