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- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Second Chances: (A DI Frank Lyle Mystery) (DI Frank Lyle Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DI Frank Lyle, an experienced detective, is haunted by a case that caused great emotional upheaval in his life. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Amy J. Sanders
Here's the deal for mysteries: for the comfort of us readers, they should be composed of two parts: the mystery, and some interesting mystery-solvers, whether it is a police... Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Tom Phoghat Sobieski
A British police procedural starring DI Frank Lyle and a cast of thousands. No, really, just the usual cast: his partner, other officers in the police station, and some dead... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Marti Freedman
The prologue is a chilling opening to this exceptional novel. The narrative voice is clear, uncluttered and thoroughly readable and it's a page-turner without the pace being too... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by CMT Stibbe
Okay - So DI Frank Lyle is a copper with a whole lot of work, personal and emotional issues in the sack of rocks he carries around behind him but he's a good copper - AND he is an... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by RKS
Not to go too much into the story, the plot revolves around the life, family and friends of Detective Inspector Lyle, and his obsession with a crime he couldn't solve in the early... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Reggie
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