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The Devil Laughed (A Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery) Hardcover – August 21, 2013

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  • Series: A Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (August 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432826972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432826970
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,749,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jay Mittener TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a breath of fresh air from some heavier books I've been reading. It's well written and truly a character driven novel. This is the third in Finger's Lake Mystery series (Not to be confused with the finger lakes!).
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a sucker for a gutsy female protagonist who knows her stuff -- Moriah Drew never disappoints, and neither does Gerrie Ferris Finger. In this, the third Moriah Drew/Richard Lake Mystery (after The Last Temptation (Five Star Mystery Series)) and The End Game: A Mystery) AND THE DEVIL LAUGHED presents yet another tantalyzing puzzle of greed, nastiness, and murder. From the depths of Atlanta's Lake Lanier to the wine-soaked landscape of North Carolina, Moriah and Lake investigate a cold case with tentacles reaching into the present, all at the behest of an impossible prodigy of a client. Secrets and lies abound, and our intrepid couple is as sexy -- and smart -- as ever. Highly recommended for readers who appreciate character-driven mysteries with a solid whodunit at the center (doubly recommended for readers who enjoy the intrigue and banter of a crime-solving couple without all that will-they-or-won't-they nonsense -- Moriah and Lake do, thank you very much).
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The newest entry of the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake mystery series finds the pair summoned from Atlanta, Georgia to the mountains of North Georgia for the 4th of July holiday by their friend, Superior Court Judge Portia Devon. Of course, things swiftly turn from laid-back to professional for both of them - - Dru, 6' tall ex-cop, now private detective and owner of Child Trace, and Lake, an Atlanta Police lieutenant - - when a sailboat that had mysteriously disappeared four years earlier emerges from the waters near Portia's property. The dead body of one of the four occupants of the boat had been found, apparently murdered, with no trace of the other three.

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.
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I am not usually a murder mystery fan but this one is a bit different. The main character of Moriah Dru is delightful and the interaction with Lake is priceless.

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 .
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