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An Engaging Read
December 6, 2016
On Behalf of the Family is yet another Mar Preston mystery thriller that had me engrossed. Having read Payback and A Very Private High School I wanted to see what other tricky and seemingly unresolveable situations Detective Dave Mason could bring to a satisfying conclusion. He, of course, does it again but not without considerable frustration in muddling through both SMPD departmental issues and the various suspects that pepper the mystery and get in the way of doing so.
This is all a sensitive matter. Not only has a young woman, Yasemin Safak, a Turkish girl from a Kurd family been found dead but her death bore the politically sensitive matter of family dishonor. Yasemin, the victim and daughter was killed because she was too independent and acted beyond what was considered appropriate behavior for a female. Although the reader ~ and Detective Manson ~ recognize that this is what probably occurred it’s the who-did-it in the family. Of course their silence and then pretense for an inability to communicate with an adopted language barrier raises the ante.
Frustrations mount as the investigation is hampered not only by the family but the press that considered this was a hate crime and only adding to the confusion.
Mar Preston has generated another great read and one that kept me turning pages. This would be a five star review except that after a vigorous start the pace then slowed to a crawl and dragged along as the investigation got underway. Even though the reader is advised that in real life things don’t happen as quickly as on television, this is a novel and not real life and so perhaps it would be justified for things to move a little faster to keep the reader’s attention. The pace does pick up though, and things made clear and Dave Manson, in his inimical way, proceeds to uncover and reveal the necessary evidence to move in and charge the correct villain.
Although the plot definitely holds the reader’s attention I found the errors of continuity, misspellings and a repetition of facts where those had been made clear became a deterrent to an uninterrupted and continuous read. These are editing issues and easily corrected and don’t necessarily distract overmuch from the reading but a reason why this is a four and not the five star for an otherwise engaging book.
I’d recommend any one of Mar Preston’s novels for those who enjoy mystery thrillers. Not a great fan of this genre I am, at least, one of hers, and especially of Detective Dave Manson. As he reflects on his own personal life while working to uncover a crime with suspects attempting to outwit him and the bureaucratic red tape that tends to thwart his every move he manages to weave his way to solving all the issues that beleaguer him. He’s quite the unassuming but admirable hero and certainly a character to follow and I’m really looking forward to reading his next case.