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- File Size : 3565 KB
- Print Length : 348 pages
- Publisher : Brown Street Books (October 17, 2017)
- Publication Date : October 17, 2017
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Dr. Bodhi King comes out of early retirement to investigate a cluster of deaths of patients at an assistant living facility (ALF) on a private island in the Florida Keys — patients who seemed healthy before their sudden deaths. "They just up and died in the middle of the night with grotesque grimaces of fear pasted on their faces." ...
The only patients dying are Cuban-American and they all seem to have secrets... Members of the Golden Island Church have their own secrets to protect... Nobody seems to want Bodhi to get to the truth...
Bodhi heads to Golden Island, where he works with Detective Felicia Williams and Medical Examiner Dr. Joel Ashlund to try to solve the cases before another "guest" dies.
This book was a great read from start to finish. The story was intriguing and entertaining. The characters were interesting (Bodhi King was my favourite character, of course) and believable. I thought I had figured who the guilty party was early on, but I was wrong. I have never read a story like this one, the plot was unique.
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in the book to award more than 3 stars. Bodhi is drawn out of early retirement to solve the mystery of
why so many old folks (all Cuban-Americans) are dying in a care home. This was owned by a money grabbing
"church" run by Pastor Scott, who tried to convert all the old people to his weird religion, despite some of them
being Catholics and/or "saint worshippers". I have never understood how intelligent people could let themselves
be taken in by these sort of supposedly religious people, but that was the story so .....
The victims all died with a terrible look on their faces, so I would have thought it was obvious what they died from,
but Bodhi and the local forensic pathologist have to work through all the other theories. I did learn a bit more about
Cuban religions, so that was interesting, but I felt the book lacked something. I would try another book with this
We find Bodhi meditating on plants among Buddhist monks: the media exposure ensuing from the case he solved in “Improper Influence” has driven him away from the profession and into a life of travelling, house sitting and volunteering.
But when a series of unexplained deaths hits Golden Island, a retirement community based off of the Florida keys, Bodhi is contacted by an old acquaintance because of his specific expertise on cluster deaths. Realising that a refusal to help would be no different than taking a life and therefore contrary to his buddhist principles, Bodhi accepts and travels to Florida.
Central theme to the plot of this novel is the power of religious beliefs. Different religions are heavily featured in the story: there’s the wealth-focused ‘prosperity gospel’ preached at Golden Island by Pastor Bryce; the superstition-heavy Santería that many of the residents practice under the guise of Catholicism, and the darker, more disturbing presence of Yoruba, a complex belief system originating from Nigeria. Who, then, better than buddhist forensic pathologist to find out the truth?
“Dark Path” is a very enjoyable read - a forensic thriller crossed with cozy mystery, with a cast of entertaining characters confined in a remote location - a kind of ‘and then there were none’ scenario. But in Miller’s books there are always interesting themes alongside the thrill of a fast-paced plot, and “Dark Path” is no exception: for instance, at the start of every chapter we find quotes from both Buddhist and Christian scriptures that are pertinent to the story. The similarities between the two belief systems are fascinating, and I am amazed at how well this author is able to weave Buddhism and Christianity into a crime novel.
Once again after reading one of Melissa F. Miller’s novels, I feel that, while she entertained me with a story about murders and unsavoury characters, I learnt something new (confession: I didn’t know the meaning of ‘syncretization’ until I read it in this book). I can’t wait to find out what the reluctant pathologist will be up to next. Luckily, the next instalment, ‘Lonely Path’, will be out in a few days.
I got through to the end - but wouldn't read any more in the series, unless they were free. Which isn't much of a recommendation.
But, if you can get hold of a free copy of this book, it might appeal to you more than it did me. Give it a go.