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Heir to Misfortune: (A DI Frank Lyle Mystery) (DI Frank Lyle Mysteries Book 2) by [Madison, Juliet B]
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  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Press; Second (Revised) Edition edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQBAKC2
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When a man is found murdered, Frank Lyle is called away from the comfort of home and holiday cheer in order to attend the crime scene. What appears to be a homeless man is in fact the son of an influential member of society. The investigation into the brutal murder uncovers more than Frank bargained for. A child predator is willing to kill anyone who dares challenge him and Frank must find enough evidence to keep the man behind bars before the case spirals out of control.

This is another fantastic D.I. Frank Lyle mystery. The investigation heads in several different directions as multiple layers are uncovered. From blackmail to murder to child predators to spousal abuse, this story kept my interest and I read it in two days. Like the first book in the series (Second Chances), this book was very detailed in regards to procedure and crime scene investigation. If you read the first book, you might find parts of the book repetitive as the author attempts to help the new reader get up to speed. In a way this is good--if you haven't read Second Chances, you can still read Heir to Misfortune without being lost. For someone like me who read both novels back to back, there are sections that seem a bit like a review. Overall, though, the repetitive sections didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

I loved this book and found the plot to be more complex than the first novel. Again, I was impressed by how thorough the author was and how well-researched this book is. Frank is likable as is Jayseera, Redfern, Slade, and many other characters. The villain in this novel is downright detestable and I found myself turning the pages, rooting for Frank and hoping he'll nail the guy to the wall. I'd recommend this book to hardcore mystery and crime novel lovers and to people (like me) who just enjoy a good book.
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The author touts this as a "Why-dunnit," not a "Who-dunnit." Fair enough, but for a book to be labeled thusly, I expect to know who the murderer is within the first couple of pages or so. We don't find out until nearly 1/2 way through the book. This is a sequel to "Second Chances," and about 2/3 of it could have been edited down. We get that after 8 years the DI is still unable to come to terms with the death of his partner, Sunil (in itself a bit far-fetched). This is repeated ad nauseum, as is the fact that Lyle is sad Sunil's son won't know his father. Over and over and over. Everyone questioned by DI Lyle asks whether he has children, we get it...he has one on the way, and a son by a previous marriage. This was thoroughly explained (over and over) in the first novel, and is again here. There are some odd uses of language, and some downright mistakes that take away from the overall feel of the novel. Here are a few examples: "<he> was not on our raider," she means RADAR; "It was an attack by the concerned parents of teenage girl's mob," does she mean it was an attack by the parents, an attack by a mob of teenage girls, an attack by a teenage girl's mob, or something else; and "so dull as ditchwater." I realize the author is English, but this is so archaic as to be unbelievable as dialogue for a 20th century police detective.

A lot of the language is stilted, and while she makes a valiant effort to describe an autopsy, or two, her inexperience with prose and her predilection for repetition make it difficult to do anything but yawn. Indeed, repetition is a problem, and there isn't a great deal of plot movement. It feels like the author was trying to pad her page count by constantly rehashing the character's personal lives.
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This is the second in the British DI Frank Lyle police procedural series and is set five years after the events in the first book. DI Lyle is still getting over the death of his best friend and partner in the first book. In fact, he is still wallowing somewhat, and we Gentle Readers want to grab his shoulders and shake him REALLY HARD and yell, "Get OVER it already. It's been five frikkin years!" Which I guess is the mark of an engaging story when you start having dialogue with the characters in the book.

It is told in the first person, and perhaps he could remind us a little less frequently how tall and good looking he is, but we forgive him for that, seeing as how he's good looking and all.

Got more bodies, natch, and in fact, the count is rising somewhat alarmingly, and dang, wouldn't you know it, it's only a few days before Christmas, so you can imagine the impediments to getting anything done at that time of the year what with everyone swanning off to parts elsewhere.

I'm not telling you any more about this except to say that the storyline is really really interesting.

Oh. And DI Lyle and his wife are going to have a baby. Awwww. Isn't that nice? Yeah, it really is.
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I was given this book as a gift from the author. This is one of the first mystery books that was written by a English author in England. The English words took a while to get used to considering I mostly read mystery books written by American authors. But once I got the hang of it,it was a smooth reading ride (though I had to look up a Bacon Butty on Bing, because it sounded so good). I found the characters well developed and I grew to care about them very much. I love Frank & Jayseera's connection and relationship. I was very happy on how Frank and his son James' bond evolved over the years. I also liked how the story did not just revolve around the murders and crimes, but also how it impacted all the characters involved in the crimes and their families. My one gripe was that there was a lot of repetitive information on the characters. I did not mind to much the repetitiveness on the death of Sunil with Frank, because of how close their relationship was and each person deals with death in their own way. All together it was a very enjoyable read!!!
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