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False as the Day Is Long: A Keegan Shaw Mystery (Keegan Shaw Mysteries) Paperback – December 19, 2012
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False As The Day Is Long will take you across the Atlantic, toss you into the London art world, and drag you into the mind of a killer. Sandra Robson has created an appealing protagonist in Keegan Shaw, whose baptism into the world of private investigation pits her against an elegant former hippie who was keeping deadly secrets before Keegan was born. Robson's sleek and evocative prose invites you into an exciting tale you don't want to miss.
--Mary Anna Evans, Benjamin Franklin Award winning author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries
Sandra Robson's False as the Day is Long is less about crime than it is about sin. A classic family tragedy disguised as detective fiction, it lures the reader with rich characters and an intricate plot deep into Ross MacDonald territory where long dead secrets rise from the grave to haunt the living.
--David Housewright, Edgar Award winning author of Curse of the Jade Lily
False as the Day is Long has it all! Keegan is a smart, engaging sleuth with a quick mind and a delightful wit. But beware--there are enough twists and surprises in this fast-moving story to cause sleep deprivation to anyone who starts reading this at night.
--Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper mysteries
Sandra captures the beauty and reality of London better than a photographer. The city pops out at the reader with every turn of the page.
--Robert Downs, author of Falling Immortality
This novel has an excellent sense of atmosphere and place. It is well-plotted and just a touch sardonic.
--Kerry Greenwood, author of the Phryne Fisher series --prepublication endorsements
Almost on a lark, Floridian freelance photojournalist Keegan takes on a sleuthing assignment and finds her subject more complicated than expected. Abby's daughter, Sunni, has asked Keegan to follow Abby to London. Secretive about her past, Abby has been acting suspiciously and Sunni thinks London might be where her birth father lives. Believing she's on a paternity hunt, Keegan soon learns that Abby was party to an unsolved murder that claimed her roommate's life back in 1966. Abby might be seeking closure for a terrible chapter in her life, but now someone else wants to eliminate her entirely. Keegan is caught up in a swirling scene of jealousy, long-simmering hatred, and folks on the run. VERDICT: One woman's search for her past threatens those who were left behind. Robson's effective use of twists and turns is nicely paced and introduces an engaging protagonist with plenty of her own skeletons in the closet to explore. More Keegan, please. --starred review in Library Journal (1May13)
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Sandra Robson's "False as the Day is Long" is less about crime than it is about sin. A classic family tragedy disguised as detective fiction, it lures the reader with rich characters and an intricate plot deep into Ross MacDonald territory where long dead secrets rise from the grave to haunt the living.David Housewright, Edgar Award winning author of Curse of the Jade Lily "False As The Day Is Long" will take you across the Atlantic, toss you into the London art world, and drag you into the mind of a killer. Sandra Robson has created an appealing protagonist in Keegan Shaw, whose baptism into the world of private investigation pits her against an elegant former hippie who was keeping deadly secrets before Keegan was born. Robson's sleek and evocative prose invites you into an exciting tale you don't want to miss. Mary Anna Evans, Benjamin Franklin Award winning author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries "False as the Day is Long" has it all! Keegan is a smart, engaging sleuth with a quick mind and a delightful wit. But beware--there are enough twists and surprises in this fast-moving story to cause sleep deprivation to anyone who starts reading this at night. Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper mysteries Sandra captures the beauty and reality of London better than a photographer. The city pops out at the reader with every turn of the page.Robert Downs, author of "Falling Immortality" This novel has an excellent sense of atmosphere and place. It is well-plotted and just a touch sardonic.Kerry Greenwood, author of the Phryne Fisher series
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After a sex-sensational stay in the Bahamas with Tom Roddler, Keegan is persuaded by him to hire out to Sunni, her brief: masquerade as a psychic and join Abby, a true karma believer, on her London flight to investigate the why of the trip and the wherefore of Sunni's father. Uncomfortable about foretelling anything except maybe the spirit in a cocktail, Keegan Shaw, the star of author, Sandra J. Robson's exciting new mystery, False As The Day Is Long, joins Abby's flight.
Keegan doesn't have to assume the psychic disguise; after introductions (Abby's karma guide told her to watch out for a guardian angel with the initials: K.S.) they hit it off big-time. Seems like Abby is haunted by happenings that happened in London over forty years ago; her friend, Susan Miachi, was brutally bashed and murdered in the apartment they shared with Nigel, a gay guy.
Susan's murder, still unsolved, Abby feels the only way she can move on and stop the recurring nightmares of her friend's death is to return to London and try to find out whether someone from the 60's hippie group they both belonged to was responsible.
Embarrassed by spilling the beans to a stranger (even one with the initials of a guardian angel), on arrival, Abby splits from Keegan in the airport luggage area without passing on her London hotel address. This presents a dilemma to Keegan; Sunni has given Abby's address to her but to keep the investigation a secret she has to devise a means of accidentally bumping into Abby or setting up around the clock surveillance - a bit tricky when there's only one operative.
Sandra Robson has created an engaging tell-it-like-it-is character in Keegan Shaw. Written in a quirky witty style the description of London street life and streetscapes made me feel I was right there with Keegan as she navigates streets and lanes, catching up with what's gone down or up since her last visit in the eighties.
Abby and her 1960s' pals were heavily involved in a progressive, quite possibly crappy art scene where miniskirts, free love and drugs were all you needed to be a hit with the in crowd. Renewing acquaintance with them, Abby finds, despite the forty plus years gap in their friendship, not much has changed. She re-connects with Keegan and they go to Abbey's former lover, Joseph's gallery opening. Stuff happens - bad stuff; Abby, standing on the pavement in front of the gallery is pushed in front of a car. Was it an accident or was it deliberate? Abby votes for deliberate and so does Keegan.
Worried for Abby's safety, Keegan discovers nothing is as it seems, secrets and lies mask the identity of Susan's killer. Close to a breakthrough in the investigation, Keegan meets a nasty guy who segues to really really nice, spunky as well. She puts him on hold; determined to find out who murdered Susan and the identity of Sunni's father, Keegan interviews the major players in the 1960's murder mystery.
Abby's friends all share a common trait - they're accomplished liars. The weather in London, wet and woeful, Keegan decides it was all so long ago that only Susan's killer knows what really happened and as Abby won't divulge the identity of Sunni's father, maybe exiting centre stage is the best option. She can't leave - Abby is in real danger.
In a suspenseful, fast paced climax with as many surprises, twists and turns as a 60's psychedelic happening, Keegan unmasks the identity of Susan's killer and Sunni's father. Great ending - who would have thought? I didn't.
I liked False As The Day Is Long - a well written mystery with a fun, realistic lead character. The next Keegan Shaw mystery is on my wish-list.
In Keegan Shaw, author Sandra Robson has created an extremely appealing sleuth, one I was more than happy to follow to London for the ins and outs of this mystery case.
Fortunately, Robson knows London like the back of her hand, so she's the perfect tour guide. The descriptions of modern London vs. the London of the 60s were fascinating and nuanced. I could feel the dampness and smell the exhaust.
The author also has a firm grip on her story. Not once did I feel she lost track of me as the reader, as I shadowed Keegan and tried to stay a step ahead of her, guessing various the characters' secrets. (Keegan was always smarter than me!)
Even after the case is solved, more surprises unfold, and Keegan's graciousness throughout pleased me immensely. This is no trash-talking, thick-skinned, seen-it-all heroine: just a smart and occasionally cynical woman who pays attention to the details and ends up with all the marbles.
Gotta love when that happens.
Here's hoping Robson has many more adventures planned for Keegan Shaw!
There was only one spot that I was not able to sort out the time line in the story. However, I don't want to say what that was to keep from spoiling the plot for other readers. A very good book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.