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Second Chances: (A DI Frank Lyle Mystery) (DI Frank Lyle Mysteries Book 1) by [Madison, Juliet B]
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  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Press; Third (revised) edition edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DNGS0A0
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The author gives a very realistic picture of the discipline, military like atmosphere of the British police back in the 80's. Realistic rape and murder investigations hampered by the lack of modern technology. Shows the tenacity required of police to solve complex crimes. A page burner!!!
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I literally wasn't able to put this book down, once I got a chance to start reading it. Juliet Madison has certainly found her niche. This is a story which moves and twists and continually grips, and the list of characters are all so interesting that there's no way anyone could stop reading on to find out not only what happens, but how the characters deal with it. Any police procedural benefits greatly by taking time to cover the main police characters' private lives. One of the earliest, for instance, Inspector French, was much less interesting because the writer told us next to nothing about his private life. The idea of a policeman detective was so new then that the books were popular enough without this - but how much better they would have been with that added touch. Coming up to modern days, Morse riveted millions of TV viewers because we knew so much about Morse the man, not just Morse the policeman. Madison certainly makes sure we know Frank Lyle as a person, and she does this very successfully.We know his history, his current relationships, his pain, his triumph. DI Frank Lyle has the makings of a great series detective. I think this book could be the basis for a really popular TV series, on the lines of Morse, with a really good actor in the lead role. Are you listening, TV producers?
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As a fan of crime fiction, I would recommend Second Chances by Juliet B Madison.
The action kicks in straight away and the suspense carres on throughout the whole plot. And just when you think you have it sussed, everything changes!
Another strength of this book is the accuracy and detail surrounding the murder investigation. It includes a reference guide to the terminology used, which may be useful to readers outside the UK.
If you, like me, enjoy crime novels, this one is definately worth a read.
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Every cop has a case that haunts him. For Frank Lyle, the rape and murder of Rachael Lewis is such a case. It isn't just the brutality and senselessness of the crime. Frank not only doubts that they caught the right killer, but a tragedy that occurs as a direct result of the arrest sends the hardened detective on a downward spiral. Personally and professionally, Frank can't move on until he finds the truth. But will the truth be more than he can handle.

Second Chances is a crime/police procedural novel that takes place in the 1980s. When D.I. Lyle is first introduced, DNA analysis has not yet been introduced as a forensic tool, thus making it more difficult to solve the case. Though I'm not familiar with police procedures in England (and my only knowledge of U.S. procedure comes from television), I found this novel very thorough. Actually, it was quite fascinating. From initial visit to the crime scene to autopsies to inquests, the author was very precise in her descriptions of each step in the investigative process.

Frank Lyle was a well-drawn likable character I could easily sympathize with. Like many fathers, he struggles to juggle his obligations to his son and his obligations to solve a vicious crime. And like many divorced couples, Frank and his ex-wife bicker as she tries to make him feel guilty for not spending enough time with their son. Frank's relationship and interactions with his son are tender and it is clear Frank is an excellent father, even though by his own admission he doesn't spend as much time with him as he'd like. This element to the story adds depth and insight into Frank's character, as does an emerging romance as the book progresses.

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this book and am anxious to move on to the next in the series. I'm impressed by Juliet B Madison's debut novel and hope she keeps writing Frank Lyle mysteries.
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In all fairness, I didn't finish this book. I couldn't. The total disregard of the conventions of punctuation and the numerous incorrect word choices made it impossible for me to get into. Please edit this and I'll try again.
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I really found the central character engaging. For me this is a must to help me engage in a story. I found the story flowed well and enjoyed reading it. A good strong cast of characters. Certainly made me want to read more.
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The story in this crime thriller revolves around Frank Lyle. He is a Detective with a brilliant track record, but things are going wrong for him both professionally and in his personal life. His investigation of the rape and murder of a young women, is marred by a tragic turn of events for which he takes the blame and is demoted. Five years later, the crime is repeated, and Frank Lyle gets an unexpected opportunity to put things right - the `Second Chance' of the title.

But while this is going on, he must also cope with his ex-wife, and the bitterness of their relationship which is damaging their son. Solving these problems - and developing a new love - are also `Second Chance's for him.

These varied currents run through the entire story. Madison has set up a fascinating scenario here, and in Frank Lyle has a character with the strength and depth to deal with it. He is compassionate and sensitive to victims and their families, passionate both in love and in anger, totally dedicated to his job.

Madison also includes some good and authentic background detail, especially in regard to Hindu practices and to Diabetes - both the treatment and the effect of people with this condition.

Unfortunately, this strong plot is let down by some weaknesses in the writing (in my opinion, of course). The dialogue can seem rather formal, stilted, and at times inappropriate to the characters. The general flow of words is broken in places by some awkwardly constructed sentences and too much unnecessary detail - although to be fair there are also some nice, pithy phrases and descriptions in places.
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