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Deadly Accusations (A Casey Holland Mystery) Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Debra Purdy Kong has a diploma in criminology and has worked as a security guard. These experiences have assisted her in creating dynamic, realistic works of crime fiction. She is the author of three other novels, including The Opposite of Dark, the first book in the Casey Holland mystery series. Debra is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, and she has published work in several anthologies, including Crossings: An Anthology of Cross Genre Fiction and Internationally Yours: Prize-winning Stories, and in periodicals such as the Vancouver Sun, Moxie Magazine, and BC Parent Magazine.
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Author: Debra Purdy Kong
When can't two headstrong women work together at the same job? When can two women want to rip each other's faces off and not even be in the same room no matter how hard one tries to be a professional and the other is not only unprofessional, comes on to the other woman's boyfriend and acts in a violent manner while trying to protect passengers on a bus. I guess the answer to that will be told in my review of Deadly Accusations by author Debra Purdy Kong.
Jasmine Birch and Casey Holland are both transit cops. Casey is the more experienced of the two and often gets many undercover assignments. When a group of teens begin terrorizing each other and passengers on the M10 bus something has to be done to stop them. The friction between these two women is as shocking and sharp as static electricity. After what should have been a routine run on the bus to try and calm a volatile situation things get out of hand, one young teen gets slapped by Jasmine and Casey takes the lead but there is much more to come.
Casey is the legal guardian of a teen named Summer who adds to the story and the suspense. When Summer is having too much fun one evening and Casey is out on the M6 Line hoping to stop the rock thrower from breaking any more windows on the bus, a phone call about Summer interrupts her train of thought and slows her pursuit of the perpetrator resulting in more insults about her being not the right person for the job from the bus driver who does not seem able to do anything but criticize her and defend Jasmine for her poor conduct. Just why is everyone so bent on Jasmine and what about her makes the mechanic, the bus driver and even Lou, her boyfriend so defensive of her?
Jasmine might not have been Casey's favorite person but what happens next would not only startle her but bring to light many reflections others have regarding Jasmine. What happens when two women cannot get along and they strike out at one another? How do they get along? They don't if one is killed. Jasmine was waiting to pick up her son from school when she was shot in the head while waiting for him to come out. Another employee was called and what she recounts to Casey is bone chilling and the opinions of many other co-workers are in definitely conflict with hers. So, what was Jasmine hiding and why did she dislike Casey so much and why did others see her as a good mother, great friend and much more?
As the investigation begins and members of the staff of her company are questioned Casey begins to wonder just what Jasmine was hiding, why she disliked her and why some found her almost endearing. Going over to speak with a colleague and being forced to take some of her pets, she meets the landlord and learns that she is not the only one with animosity towards Jasmine.
Although Casey is a strong investigator and smart she hesitates when asked to learn more about Jasmine's death as that might place not only her but Summer too. Bullied or just feeling guilty or that Jasmine deserves her killer found, Casey decides to investigate and what she finds out will definitely surprise the reader and Casey too. While trying to learn more about Jasmine's ex-husband she realizes that Lou has shared many important moments with the deceased too and knows more about her than she realized. Could that explain why she made sure she looked her best when she confronted Noel who is the prime suspect for the police and one reason she is working the case? Marie seems headstrong, often doesn't think past what she believes and never seems to consider the feelings of others when asking for help or trying make others feel guilty. When Casey speaks with Noel she learns more about Jasmine and her past, which convinces her to investigate further.
Another incident on the M10 puts Casey in more danger and the situation does not end well for her or even the kids on the bus. Confrontations at home with Summer and a threat to her life and family will that stop her cold? Words fly, tempers flare and truths come out and one young 12 year old is caught in the crossfire. Will Casey remain on the case or will she let someone else solve it? Just how far will the killer go to threaten anyone involved in finding him/her? Just what will happen to Summer if her grandmother has any power?
When the past comes face to face with the present and the suspects add up just who killed Jasmine, shot at the bus and is throwing rocks that could harm the passengers? What role does Jasmine's family have in this plot and her ex-husband? Which one of her friends is telling the truth and which are out for their own good? Just how dangerous is Marie even if she might not be the killer?
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The characters set up in the first of the series grow and mature in this second book...at least some do. Now that Casey is responsible for Summer, her ward, she is not too thrilled with being pushed into another investigation. But pushed she is, by another co-worker Marie, self-proclaimed friend of Jasmine who may or may not have an agenda of her own.
The more Casey learns about Jasmine, the more she needs to learn in order to solve this case, even after a terrible threat to Summer if she doesn't stop investigating. As usual, there are several possible suspects, but only two really fit into the realm of probability. Of course the police chief doesn't want her "assistance" in the investigation at all, and Casey in all honesty does try to extract herself but keeps being drawn back in by Marie, and finally by Jasmine's mother, who is convinced Casey can solve the crime. When some co-workers come under investigation, hostility reigns supreme. Who really committed the crime and why? Who has anything to gain? The book is consistent, the characters are realistic especially in their response to becoming targets or suspects. A well-crafted book with lots of teasers. A plus for me is that it takes place in my original hometown. An unusual company to anticipate crime within, or maybe it has nothing to do with the company. Regardless, it will keep you guessing, while Casey and Summer do their best to keep alive and unharmed. An interesting premise and a quick and enjoyable read.
Disclaimer: I was given this book. I was not influenced in any way in writing this review, the words are mine alone.
One of Casey's co-workers is murdered and the staff of Mainland Public Transit in Vancouver are in an uproar, suspecting and accusing each other. The situation escalates, Casey is drawn into the investigation and nasty threats are made to her and her ward, Summer. (I'm saying no more!)
"Deadly Accusations" is a fast-moving, tense, and well-crafted mystery, every page of which will have readers turning to the next.
Highly recommended for all lovers of good mysteries.
With several of her co-workers suspect, Casey tries to distance herself from the investigation, but is drawn in when she uncovers a few of the single mother's dark secrets. Casey gets caught in the crossfire as she becomes the killer's next target. Deadly Accusations is a suspenseful page-turner guaranteed to keep you up at night!