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- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Crispin Books (September 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009J7P8WU
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Dance on his Grave is a strong start to the Third Eye series and is sure to develop a large reader base. Sid Smart is a compelling character; a woman who lived a sheltered life until she decided she wanted out of a controlling relationship and is now determined to start her life anew, despite antagonistic actions from members of her husband's parsonage. A female baby-boomer as a private eye is a fresh addition to the mystery genre, even more appealing, one with intelligence and maturity. Sid's Aunt Annie is a likeable, albeit quirky character, and Sid's mentor George Leger lends a colorful Cajun ambience to the story. This well-written mystery falls under the category of page-turner and will keep the reader entertained throughout.
That wasn't bad enough, though, she had recently lost her brother in a car accident. He had left her his business which she planned on selling. There was no way she could picture herself as a Private Investigator! Her previous experience as a subordinate preacher's wife sure wouldn't help, she knew that!
But she surprised herself after a young girl, who had recently become a client of her brother, came to see her and wanted "her" to continue the case! She even tried to give the case to another PI in town, who immediately talked her into keeping it and coming to work for him, so that she could ultimately get her license...
Get the idea why we might call her a wimp at that point???
I became a Christian in my teens after having been attending church from birth--my mother had 4 kids and they were all there every time the door opened...Church was a wonderful family place when we were growing up...not so much these days...
So I had to laugh when Sid started talking about her husband and how he treated her. In my teens, I had always thought it would be great to marry a preacher--I'd never have to confront the outside world, which, even then, I wasn't too sure about due to familial child abuse... It was only later that I realized that those who had inappropriately touched me were church members...
When Sid finally woke up, I thought, "I know that I'd have never lasted that long!" She had been married for 30 years!
Now here she was talking with a young girl who was remembering from her childhood and was fairly certain that her father had murdered a woman and then burned her in a fire!
Sid had no idea how to even begin to look at something like this...it could turn out to be a huge case!
I had noticed during my professional career that women have a hard time giving themselves credit...They say they've never had a job, or that they were only a wife... Yet, there are sooooo many skills that women in these roles have! So after Sid Smart accepted she was going to have to work at some thing as a newly divorced woman, she decided that, with the mentoring she had been promised, she'd try to help the two little girls who had seen their father murder a woman. But, she just applied her own logic, her own planning skills from her church activities and immediately began to get results. She was even willing to fly to Trinidad to make sure she interviewed the sister who had also been there that night...
It was funny that the younger girl could remember much more than her older sister. She had been three while her older sister was five when they had ridden with their Dad to burn up a house with a body in it...
It's understandable later though, at least to me, since the 5-year-old was apparently old enough for her father to start abusing her...and worse... and she had much more trauma to try to live with... Jewell had been the one starting to remember, wanting to learn the truth. Emma had married and fled to Trinidad, afraid to stay in the U.S., where her father was now a town commissioner!
Fortunately the Police Chief and DA were good men and were willing to work with Sid, taking out old files and making contacts when necessary... They were both anxious to solve a cold case, especially when they learned who the girls' father was. They both agreed that they believed he was capable of murder...
But this case got bigger and bigger, and even overlapped into Sid taking on the possible murder of her brother! And she didn't back down with any of them!
Since the name of the book gives away what happens at the end, I hope you don't mind my celebrating with Jewell, Emma, Sid and the others who worked on the case! Too bad he lasted as long as he did!
You're going to enjoy this suspense thriller! The bad guy is super bad so it's easy to hate him... The two girls are so sympathetic, but brave as they struggle to bring truth into their lives... And I love Sid Smart who woke up after 30 years and became my kind of female hero! You go girl!
And here's to you as well Sylvia Dickey Smith! Thanks for this wonderful creation of yours! Some of you may think this is a must-read if you care about child sexual abuse. Support this type of writer whenever you can--it's the thing to do to fight the violence in this world...Just my personal opinion, of course!
She's right you know, Sylvia Smith's first novel in this series if fun, sassy, and a darn good read...
Though Sidra Smart is facing her own struggles with a shattered self-esteem and on the receiving end of hostility from her ex-husband's church members and an attempt on her life, she faces her own feelings of inadequacy and dives into her brother's detective business without looking back.
She finds herself immersed in another woman's nightmare memories of witnessing her father commit a horrible murder. Sidra sets out to solve her client's memory of a 30-year-old murder.
As Sidra journeys to new found independence as a private detective, she must face her own fears and her shaken faith in God as she struggles to reconcile her former life as a preacher's wife with the new beliefs she experiences in herself.
Sidra finds a file full of open cases in her brother's office, Third Eye Intuitive Investigations, leaving ample opportunities for more adventures in future tales.
Sylvia Dickey Smith weaves an intriguing hard-to-put-down tale of mystery, suspense, teases us with the suggestions of a future love affair and ends the story with a touch of the macabre.