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An Indecent Death by [Anderson, David]
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"This is a well written crime novel - a classic whodunit. Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm is quirky and not without personal problems. But he has to put those problems aside and deal with the untimely death of a teacher - a case where there are no clues, no forensic evidence and a myriad of suspects. But Drumm refuses to let the case go and resorts to psychological pressure to bring the killer out into the open.
 
This is an excellent first novel and David draws on his years of experience to put you in the minds of his wholly believable characters. The plot is well thought out and all the different strands brought to a satisfactory conclusion. I very much look forward to reading the second book `A Striking Death' when it is published and following the adventures of Drumm and his team."

~ Wendy Cartmell, Amazon review

From the Author

An Indecent Death takes place in the fictional city of York, Ontario, Canada. It is located just north of Toronto, and it is based on the cities of Aurora and Newmarket, as well as the Town of New Tecumseth.

The ranks in the York Police Services are based on those of the Toronto Police Service.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P9FSQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J. E. Romeo on February 16, 2012
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The book started out well enough, but by the time I was half way through, I just didn't care any longer. It seemed apparent that the author was too busy trying to set up characters for a series of books than making this one worth reading.

Yes, I want character development, but this whole book was character development with a bit of a mystery thrown in with little thought to trying to capture the reader with the actual mystery.

Nothing that got so much play in the story, the fact that Drumm was previously a school teacher was given as a reason for him being assigned to the case, but that meant nothing. Emily is clearly a set up for the future, because she served no purpose to this storyline, nor did the gambling alcoholic or the whiny female detective who felt slighted because she had to do the grunt work. All took up a lot of story time... with absolutely no purpose in advancing the story along.

And I am sorry, a detective with some sort of defect that makes him prone to malapropisms? That's not style or character... that's annoying.

I kept waiting for the story to get intriguing and to really pull me in. It never did. I guess I am supposed to be curious about what comes next for Nicholas Drumm. But by the time I was done... I just didn't care any more.
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This is an entertaining mystery that kept me guessing. I thought I had the murderer figured out and the detective sergeant didn't know what he was doing. I was wrong.
The narrative has interesting perspectives from each of the characters, which gives depth to the story. However, the repetition, of the crime analyses and the thoughts of the main protagonist, underestimates the intelligence of the reader.
Another issue that stopped me from rating this book "loved it" is the annoying changes in verb tense. The writing often slips into what I believe is past progressive, i.e. "He was looking at the resultant clutter..." when "he looked" would have been better.
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This book was in my "recommended for you" screen the other day, so, on impulse, I bought it. There are some things to like here, but some things I didn't care for so much.

Detective Sergeant Drumm, our main character, is an interesting guy. He's got some fun quirks and it's interesting to watch him take this case on. The murder is nicely presented and the gathering of clues and such are okay. However, three things kept bothering me:

1. The detective and his police cohorts keep revealing way too much information to people they are interviewing. By telling people what they know, they foolishly give any Bad Guys the opportunity to either know in advance about the information they have or to make an alibi for themselves. That this happens repeatedly is a sign that the author may not be aware of it, which is bad.

2. The actual clues for the person whodunnit aren't actually revealed to the reader such that the reader could really figure out who it is with any sense of surety before the detective reveals who it is. We *see* all of the clues, but not enough of the information so that you can be steps ahead. Meh.

3. The interior dialog of the main characters (Drumm and detectives Singh and Wesson) is distracting and not very interesting.

Overall, I was able to finish the book and it was okay. But I don't think I'll look for this author going forwards.
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This was a very enjoyable police procedural--very well done, especially for a first effort.
The two main police characters are interesting as well as appealing. Their personal lives are important, but don't overpower the investigations.
I never try to figure out a mystery before the end; if the solution does come to me, I consider the author to be at fault. I didn't get this one until the author wanted me to.
Occasionally, the dialog is a little stiff, but not enough to distract me.
Editorially, this is a far cleaner piece of work than the vast majority of the Kindle books I have read in the past year. I did find a few editorial oddities, but not enough to get between me and the story.
In the Afterword, Anderson says he's embarrassed by much of this novel. I can't see why.
Not only do I recommend this book, but I'm already reading the next in the series.
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I 95% enjoyed this thriller. The lead detective is intriguing with his little social hang up. The female characters are strong and allowed to say what is on their mind. However it does seem like there's so much foreshadowing to the fact the author wants sequels that eventually you lose site of the novel itself. Case in point...Drumm has a proclivity to say an incorrect yet similar sounding word which brings some brevity to certain chapters; yet, towards the end of the book there are so many editing mistakes you don't know if these are the same.
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As detective novels go this is a pretty good one. The only critical thing I can say about this story, and maybe it is just me, is the repeated returns to question the "people of interest" which slowed the flow of the story. A little more action would have been nice. Other than that, I can still recommend this novel. Enjoy.
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