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Deadly Legacy: A Carmedy & Garrett Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – May 11, 2012
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About the Author
Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she's held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes.
Alison writes mysteries, romance, westerns and fantasy. Her novels include Under a Texas Star, a western romantic suspense, and Deadly Legacy, a suspense thriller. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations and to learn from adversity.
Copywriter and editor since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer in the past. She currently manages publications for Crime Writers Canada and is a volunteer with Action Read Family Literacy Center. A single mother, she lives in Guelph, Ontario with her two children, Kate and Sam.
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As the story continues there are moments when it seems the story could be happening in the present, then something will pop up and make the reader do a double take. The author's near future world is good extrapolation from the present, although it's important to remember that it is set in Canada and not the US.
Kate Garrett's father is Joe Garrett, former police detective, invalided out into the life of Private Investigator. Joe's unexpected death-- accidental or intentional?-- and the death of the head of one of his firm's biggest clients, Delano Gage of Touchstone Insurance from a questionable drug interaction, are just too coincidental. Joe Garrett's partner, Jake Carmedy, and Joe's daughter set out to investigate the two deaths as Joe's friends and family go through the funeral rites.
Not particularly violent or bloody, this is a procedural story rather than a thriller. The characters tended to be interesting. I did lose a bit of interest in Jake after he put on his uniform for the funeral and became a standard issue ex-soldier future love interest for a while. His problem with getting along with Kate resolved itself in all too easy a fashion after a few minutes of thought and conversation.
However, I am interested enough to consider another book in what appears to be a series.
The publisher Imajin Books is a small press in Alberta who seems to publish mainly genre books. If this is an example of their work, I'm pleased. I only had a couple of jarring moments that included the word "treaded" used instead of "trod". Both seem to be words but "treaded" does not sound right to me. I would be a happy person if my main complaint in all ebooks was that simple.
Recommended as a light read.
The setting is a city in Ontario Canada in 2018. Technology is integral to the investigation, but good old detective work and deductive reasoning win the day. The future theme is not overplayed and is not unrealistic from today's (2012) standpoint. There were times when I paused in my reading to think back 6 years to see how far technology has or has not come. Bruce has made some good technological decisions in this novel.
The ending of the novel had elements of an Agatha Christie story. Not that that is bad - it was strangely comforting. That style of writing works, and it worked here.
This is a strong piece of work. The story line was cohesive, believable and compelling. I loved the 'getting inside the mind' aspects of Jack's and Kate's uneasy relationship/partnership. I'm pretty sure all of us have been in that kind of situation and wondered what we can do to rectify it.
I look forward to seeing more work by Alison Bruce.
I enjoyed the romantic tension that built while these two characters learned to work together and found the mystery intriguing. If you love old-fashioned mystery novels, you'll enjoy reading this complicated plot. I hope there will be more adventures in this series.