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Dr Chandrix Dies (Dies Trilogy) (Volume 2) Paperback – August 12, 2014
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Bestselling author of Whisper & Echoes
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Dr. Chandrix Dies is the second volume in Christopher D. Abbott's historical mystery series, The Dies Trilogy. It's set in London in 1930 and features the Dutch detective and psychologist, Doctor Pieter Straay. While it's the second volume in the series, Dr. Chandrix Dies can be read as a stand-alone novel. Doctor Straay and his colleague Colonel Arthur Davidson had been investigating Dr. Simon Chandrix, who is suspected of being a blackmailer, when Colonel Davidson disappears and Dr. Chandrix is found mutilated and murdered in the apartment of his neighbor, Lord Calegray. Chief Inspector Henry Drake and Sergeant William Hawkins are investigating the murder and have been joined by Dr. Straay at the request of Commander George Halloway of Special Branch.
Christopher D. Abbott's historical mystery, Dr. Chandrix Dies, is intricate and enjoyable. Dr. Straay will remind mystery buffs of both Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. The mystery is well-plotted with plenty of red herrings to keep the detectives and the reader working overtime to catch the killer. Sergeant William Hawkins, known as Hawk to his friends, is a marvelous, larger-than-life character, and he, Straay and Drake are a winning combination. Woven throughout the story are references to the first World War that add a rich dimension and texture to the plot. I love both historical mysteries and police procedurals, and Dr. Chandrix Dies admirably succeeds on both counts. I'm planning on reading the first book in this series, Sir Laurence Dies, and am looking forward to reading the final book as well.
About the Author
He has a background in human behavioural studies and psychology. Having worked in IT, communications, safety and health, and sales, he gained a good understanding of people and their behaviours. Abbott is a self-confessed avid reader of fantasy, science-fiction, and crime fiction. He loves quirky characters such as Rodney David Wingfield's Inspector "Jack" Frost,Agatha Christie's Poirot, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. The Idea for his sleuth, Dr. Pieter Straay (Dutch Criminal Psychologist) came about by integrating the qualities he admires best in these characters.
Christopher's new series, Songs of the Osirian, is his first step into the sci-fi - fantasy genre. The development took a number of years, and with the second book comes a unique blend of Ancient Egyptian mythology and epic-fantasy.
Christopher is a huge Star Trek fan, and is a supporter of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition.He supports Chase Masterson in her efforts to stamp out bullying, racism,misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate.
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A prequel to Sir Laurence Dies by upcoming author Christopher D Abbott, This novel brings us back to the time when Drake and Straay first meet, in a case that defies imagination for it's cruel series of events. A first class murder mystery that reminded me of the old 1930's movies about a British detective known as the Falcon, I'm not sure why, but it does, and it's none the worse for it to be honest, I love a good old period mystery novel.
I do think that as Chris progresses as an author the already high quality of his work has improved, the syntax is spot on, the detail in the psychological thought processes superb, and the machinations of those involved in the story create a complex web that Chris manages to tie together very well indeed, as with all good mysteries, there are red herrings, leading you to think you know who and why and when Chris then leads you down the path towards the true culprit, his reasoning for doing so explains the red herrings and you can see and understand why they were placed there.
I also think that because of Chris's English background he has a superb grasp of the language of the time, something a lot of US authors at times struggle with, it's a nuance of the heritage I imagine, but if fully realized it's a fantastic tool to draw the reader into the story.
I look for a few things in a novel to make it enjoyable for me, believability, accuracy, flow and whether I think it's a page turner or not, and I am very happy to say that Dr Chandrix Dies, has all of these to an exceptionally high degree.
I am looking forward to Chris's next outing for Dr Straay with baited breath.