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Diary of Murder ( A Logan & Cafferty Mystery/Suspense Novel ) Kindle Edition
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It is apparent to Dana that her sister's death (Georgi) was not suicide, but murder. The duo set out to prove their theory that the husband is the murderer. Dana stops the cremation of her sister, manages to get an autopsy performed while sparring with a lone state trooper sent in to investigate the claims.
Dana finds the diary of the deceased sister, and together with the state investigator read the diary and draw conclusions about what happened to Georgi. Dana issues orders as if she is the one in charge of the investigation and everyone else concerned is under her supervision. Bodies keep piling up, but the whole story is pretty predictable with not a lot of suspense present.
This seems to be a copycat edition of, used to be funny, episodes of the old TV mystery, Murder She Wrote. There is also a strong resemblance to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple; however, this is just not up to par with the little old British lady and her snooping around.
The story is a play by play narration of every word, every movement and every thought of every character. While the grammar mistakes and typos are few and far between, the sentences are choppy and a bit sophomoric. If you enjoy a murder mystery that is cozy, has squeaky clean language, and a very unrealistic plot then you may enjoy this one. If you like a real murder mystery that has lots of tight twists and turns with enough suspense to keep you reading into the wee hours, then this may not be the book for you. I did not find any of the characters to be really likeable and most of them did not seem too bright. My favorite one was Bert, the retired police canine who “chuffed” a lot!!
Her friend whimpered like a frightened puppy when the motor home swerved on the ice. A massive storm had assaulted them without warning, spattering the windshield with flakes the size of sand dollars. They had already decided that March was not the month to travel Colorado."
In a blinding snowstorm, Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty, two senior citizens from Central California, push through Colorado on their way to Wyoming.
Dana's sister Georgi, a well-know mystery writer, is said to have committed suicide. Dana doesn't believe it. By the time she and Sarah arrive at Georgi's mansion her husband Rob has arranged to have Georgi cremated, and his "housekeeper," a shapely redhead, is packing up Georgi's things to donate to charities. Dana smells a rat, and the rat's name is Rob.
So begins a mystery within a mystery. Shown into Georgi's bedroom to pick out a few keepsakes, Dana and Sarah discover a diary, with entries indicating Georgi's marriage is not going well, and notes on the mystery she is writing. Dana begins to read the diary, poring over it for clues to her sister's death, all the while placing phone calls, asking questions and making a general nuisance of herself in a search for answers.
When Dana insists on delaying the cremation for an autopsy, Rob informs her that the sheriff is his brother and the coroner is his cousin. So much for local help. Dana contacts the Attorney General's office and creates a scene at the funeral home only to find they cremated the wrong body. Georgi's body is still available for an autopsy, and the coroner is not all that crazy about his cousin anyway.
The plot comes to a rolling boil when Dana's daughter Kerrie arrives. A competent young woman who could charm birds out of the trees, Kerrie also has a brown belt in karate. Now there are three lively women protected by a baseball bat and a German shepherd named Bert. When Rob and the sheriff disappear and bodies start turning up, Dana buys a gun as backup for Bert and the baseball bat.
It's just a simple investigation into the death of a mystery writer who happens to be Dana's sister. Right. Discovery of drug cartel operations thrusts the women into real danger. Local cops, federal agents and private security personnel meet one another coming and going, and Dana turns into a real Pistol Packin' Mama. She's nothing if not stubborn and often foolhardy but I grew to like her. I'm ready for her next adventure.