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Death by the Riverside Paperback – October 1, 1990
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Another exasperation with Micky is that she's a stubborn po-boy lover! She has the love of her life, Cordelia, on a emotional seesaw! I don't know if Cordelia has the patience of a saint or she is just clueless. There is something that bothers me though about the relationship between Micky and Cordelia. I noticed reading the series that there are no loving words between these two characters. Never a term of endearment between them. No Love, honey, darling, etc. Why? Regardless, of these contradictions, I have always been particular about a story that has a female, cop, lawyer or PI. I love reading how she matches her intellect and wit with her male counterparts. How she is brave, dedicated and honest. How she swoops down on her nemesis and saves the damsel in distress or saves the day. Also, the hot love scenes the author has created between these beautiful women in this series are great and enjoyable because they communicate another dimension of solidarity between the characters. I look forward to more of Micky Knight, et al.
After been hired by a mysterious woman who seems to have secrets of her own, Micky Knight becomes rapidly involved with a drug dealing business she's trying to help bring down. It won't be long before Micky's life is in danger and the past she thought she had buried comes back to hunt her.
The mystery is very well developed and there is a turn in every corner. The relationships and the characters are so real and they never seem forced or out of line, and most of all; Micky. Impossible not to love her. I really like the way this novel doesn't treat characters as black or white, good or bad. Micky is never portrayed as a good or a bad person, she's simply described as a very flawed woman with a lot of bad qualities, just like a lot of good ones.
Loved this book. Diving into the next immediately.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of book 7 in this series in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the rest of the books in the series myself, so am under no particular obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.
Synopsis: Detective Micky Knight, hired to take a few pictures, finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps while trying to expose a dangerous drug ring. Things turn personal when her own well-hidden past is exposed.
My Thoughts: This is the sort of book that makes me happy I like to read, because it is the whole package. Murder, mystery, adventure, a dashing heroine, sex and violence and ... Beethoven's 9th.
I was bemoaning the dearth of books with a lesbian protagonist when I found "Ill Will", the 7th Micky Knight book, on NetGalley. I had a gift certificate left on Amazon, so I bought the rest of the series. I'm very happy I did. Micky is a complicated person - full of pain on the inside, full of snark on the outside. While she has a network of friends - Danny and Joanne Ranson included - she is always on the move, not ready to settle down, terrified to allow herself to fall in love. After her father died, she was forced to move in with her Aunt Greta, who was a bitter and ugly (inside) woman that treated Micky horribly. Her only reprieve was her Sundays with her Great-Aunt Harriet, and after she died, Micky closed herself off, afraid that anyone she loved with end up dead. She drinks too much, she sleeps around, and she barely makes enough to survive, but she tells herself she is happy. But when confronted with the happiness of her friends and their partners, Micky starts to question herself. "Why? Why not?" is her standard response to these sorts of thoughts, but after awhile she remembers the only essay that received an A in her philosophy class: "Because".
We take a real journey with Micky in this first book, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in the series, "Deaths of Jocasta". So, let me recommend this book to those of you who are searching for something wonderful to read, with a lesbian protagonist and a wonderfully fast-paced storyline. You won't regret your decision to give these books a try.
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Best series I have read in a long time. Thank-you Ms. Redmann!