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Characters are interesting, Avery's police dynasty family is quirky (torn apart by the murder of her brother, killed in the line of duty), dialogue is believable, but character's actions are implausible. If an intruder was in the house, why would Avery turn on the bedroom light? Why would she bungle handling evidence? My suspension of disbelief was disengaged. I found it challenging to bond with the characters, an essential aspect of storytelling. The ending was a bit rushed and anti-climatic.
Minor typos and glitches had me gnashing my teeth: "...she was laying in the alley" and "...she was laying on the ground." Oh dear, is she a chicken? The present participle of lie (to recline) is lying. Limited vocabulary: "...her finished taco."..."waited for Mitch to finish his lunch..." Shortcuts that don't flesh out the story: "Avery looked toward the gourmet kitchen..." I thought gourmet referred to food, not a kitchen layout. A little description would've aided the visuals: granite counters, spices, copper pots, etc. A case of tell, vs. show. Common nouns elevated to proper name status: "On the other side of the Dumpster..." Lower case dumpster will do. Hyphenate "mid-twenties," please.
The procedural police work and the budding romance were interesting, but the tale soon morphed into Christian fiction to flesh out the characters' actions and carry the storyline—it becomes an odd pastiche of fundamentalist Southern Christianity blended with procedural police drama. Given the locale, Atlanta, I expected some sweet tea and theology. But the religion aspect became intrusive toward the end, and were used to wrap up dangling sub-plots. Wish the book was labeled as Christian lit, then I would've left it on the proverbial shelf.
This book fulfills all the requirements of a good Christian suspense romance.
Ellie Bryant (wife) had died of cancer.
1 Jane Doe’s (18, Asian f) decomposed body found in the dumpster by Jeffery Vine (employee).
Avery’s family consists of her daughter Tess North, Thomas Hunt (husband/father, retired APD Captain), Claire Hunt (wife/mom), Emily Hunt (grandma) & her deceased brother Michael Hunt who she still morns for his loss that was killed in the line of duty.
James Philips name keeps popping up in the team meetings.
Mrs. Sourns (Aunt) had called in & reported her niece Tala Vuong (Vietnamese) was missing.
Detective Tory Lambert (f) & Detective Mitch North came to visit with her.
The 2 later went back to see her with some very bad news.
Detective Lambert, & Detective North paid Mr. Robert Sourns (Uncle, business man) a call also.
James “Bear” Philips had shown up at the police station.
Detective Carlos James Dias (retired USMC interrogator) spoke with him.
He was taken into custody, booked & is now being held in jail for the murder of Tala.
Detective Lambert & Detective North went to interview Mrs. Chu (wife/mother). They inquired about Malaya (Vietnamese, housekeeper/babysitter).
Captain Peterson (AA, APD) called Detective North to his office.
Mitch Robertson (APD) had been murdered & died in the line of duty.
Will the crime cases get solved & someone be brought to justice?
I did a graduate PP class presentation on this subject matter.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dun-it crime mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)