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Murder in the Wings (A DI Frank Lyle Mystery) (DI Frank Lyle Mysteries Book 4) by [Madison, Juliet B]
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  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KY8RZDS
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This was a well thought out book with all the elements one looks for in a British procedural novel. There were many references to previous titles in the series, but these were placed effectively to aid the reader. All the characters, especially DI Frank Lyle, were sympathetic and complex and you really felt connected to these men and women and their work in Ashbeck. I found the crime was gruesome and appropriate for the sleazy, conceited David Marlow. I especially enjoyed the setting in the small community theater and the interesting characters this introduced. For me, there was too much sex and far more detail about it than I wanted to read, but it was used effectively to develop the complicated relations among all the cast and did not feel gratuitous. Personally, I wondered if the mystery at the heart of the novel would have been better served without it. But I must admit, it was the first gay love scene I’ve ever read and I was surprised at the tenderness between the two men and the depth of their emotional bond. The author is at the top of her game and it is easy to see why the series is so successful. Be prepared to be shocked, entertained, and enlightened.
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When David Marlow is murdered, no one sheds a tear. Even though Marlow is an egotistical, misogynistic, blackmailing jerk, DI Lyle is still determined to get to the bottom of his murder. With the help of Fox, Redfern, Mahon, and the rest of Ashbeck team, the crime is thoroughly investigated even while these dedicated investigators are facing their own personal challenges at home.

Murder in the Wings is another brilliant novel in the DI Frank Lyle Mystery series. Though not as dark as Heir to Misfortune (Book Three), Murder in the Wings still tackles some adult subjects such as sexual jealousy, infidelity, and drug use. Madison approaches these topics with her usual straightforward, honest style that I've come to expect and appreciate in her novels. Crime scenes and investigative procedures are graphic and extremely well-researched, but what I love about Madison's novels are the human aspects. I'll warn you now--if you're a homophobe, this novel is NOT for you. One of the subplots involves a romance including love scenes between two gay men. The relationship between the two characters is very sweet and romantic, but it can also get quite spicy, so this is not a book for underage readers. Indeed, the entire book is very realistic and gritty, so readers with tender sensibilities should read with caution.

Over the course of the series, I've come to know Lyle and his team as intimately as I know my own family. I know their likes and dislikes, their strengths and weaknesses, and their quirks. Lyle is a passionately dedicated family man whose wife, Jayseera, is staunchly in his corner. As an ex-cop, she understands that his job must sometimes take front and center.
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I've been following DI Frank Lyle for some time now, both in the full length novels and in the short stories of the two case books, and I think it's fair to say that this is my favourite so far. Juliet B. Madison goes from strength to strength. She clearly knows what she's talking about when it comes to forensics and other details of the crime she is describing, and this makes for a very satisfying read. Her characters, whom I've got to know as they've developed over the range of books, are as always vividly portrayed, engaging and well differentiated. I particularly enjoyed the theatrical setting. To me, the details of plays and actors add colour to any book, and Juliet B. Madison has handled this well. An added bonus is the cameo appearance of the writer, the late Frankie Fulwood. Frankie is beautifully drawn, his cheerful, likeable character coming across clearly. I think he himself would have been very pleased with Madison's portrayal of him. As always, the plotting in this crime story is strong and without hitches. Altogether, Murder in the Wings is an enjoyable, gripping page turner of a book, with excellent characters and a very satisfying resolution. Warmly recommended.
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This is a good ol' British murder mystery. While thrillers are not my usual genre, I do enjoy them from time to time, and I enjoyed reading reading this one.

The Good: The characters were vivid and well-fleshed out, and there were enough red herrings to keep me guessing throughout as to how the story would take its twists and turns, and how it would end. While it was tricky to keep up with the different points-of-view from lots of characters, I quite liked it, as it gave an insight into different characters as the story went on, driving the story deeper. This was obviously a well-researched book as well, as all the detective-work and procedural elements were spot on and left nothing out. Another point is that while the book refers back to things from previous books in the series, it explains and expands these points well enough that this book really can be read as a standalone.

The Bad: There were a couple of lines in the book where it seemed like phrases or words were repeated in quite close proximity, such as within a couple of pages. I understand characters can't have something different to say all the time, especially if it's something they always say, but it would have been nice to see a few words tweaked. This isn't a huge thing though, as it certainly didn't detract from the story, OR how enjoyable the storyline was.

Overall: This was a great, solid mystery story. I really enjoyed it, and all of the characters really brought the book to life. I would recommend this for anyone who likes British mystery stories with engaging characters who all get a say.

*I was given a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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