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The Devil Laughed (A Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery) Hardcover – August 21, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
I found myself so involved with the characters that my heart raced though a lot of the book. I love that fact that there are so many sub characters and incidental happenings going on, this is especially important in a series because not only do I enjoy the story but I get to spend my time after wonder where the next spin off will come. The characters live on for me.
All along you find yourself rooting for Moriah and Evangeline as a little girl seeks to find the truth about her missing mother, and unfolds a world of mystery with a backsplash of Southern charm and jargon that will make you feel at home if you're Southern and will make you wish you were if you aren't.
This is a fireplace book, and the perfect time of year for it.
In a reversal of her normal professional duties, Moriah is hired by the thirteen-year-old daughter of one of those three to find her mother, who she is convinced is still alive. The precocious child possesses a hefty inheritance and pays Moriah handsomely, and she decides that "with a bona fide client I could delve into the tragedy to satisfy my curiosity - - to say nothing of solving the case, always an overriding goal." The unfolding tale uncovers a rather complex mystery, which takes Dru and Lake to other areas in Georgia (including to a place actually, we are told, called No More, Georgia) into the Café Fear, North Carolina wine country, a place so insular as to be nearly, if not actually, incestuous, with nearly all of the characters closely related.
The writing perfectly exemplifies, and captures, the Southern charm for which that part of the country is justifiably known. I found the local vernacular, or perhaps regional jargon is a better phrase, a delight, e.g.Read more ›
Most of my favorite parts of this book had to do with the third "main" character in this novel Judge Portia Devon who has made dry humor and Southern charm her own property, Her constantly referring to a overactive and talkative child as "that precocious horror" always brought a smile to my face.
The main story here is a whodunnit about 3 people that are supposed to be dead .... or not since their boat sank and there were never any bodies found. the search through the backwood towns in Georgia is done well if possibly a bit long winded, the descriptions are on target and give the reader a good mental picture of the setting and characters.
This will be a treat for readers who enjoy good detective work with a bit of almost psychic intuition from Dru. It makes the books less dry and add to the depth of the novel.
I have it 4 Stars (maybe a bit more if you really like detailed mysteries) since while I was enjoying the story I was having to back up and double check who the characters were since there are about a dozen secondary characters that have to be kept up with but otherwise this was excellent reading.and any shortcomings may have been my memory .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third Moriah Dru/Richard Lake mystery, though it is the first one I’ve read. Now that I’m finished, I’m anxious to go back and see what I’ve missed. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Sharon G. Mensing
There is something about secrets and the past. Somehow they don't just stay buried, no matter how much you might want them to. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Cyrus Webb
Evangeline has hired Moriah Dru and her partner Richard Lake to solve a crime that happened 4 years ago. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by MrsG
I don't know how I ended up starting the third book before the first, but I am glad I did. Part of the Dru/Lake Mystery series, Dru is hired by 13 year old Evangeline to find her... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Crystal Lanham
I haven’t read the two Moriah Dru/Richard Lake mysteries that precede this novel, but I’d like to now. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by E A Fow
In this mystery, Moriah and Lake chanced upon a old cold case of missing persons. Finding a sailboat sunk 'back end' up, the story is that two couples had a rowdy night, with one... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Aprilrain
Gerrie Ferris Finger is a successful novelist who makes her increasing popular books flow so easily that they read like afternoon diversions. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Grady Harp
The smart, beautiful and gutsy Moriah Dru is up to her proverbial neck in a new mystery. One that begins when she's hired by 13-year-old child, who doesn't believe the stories... Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by AD Simmons
Murder, greed and intrigue is the order of the day here. Moriah Dru is a tough lady but the solving of the crime is secondary to the plight of the characters. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by im1rarebird