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Taxed to Death (1st in Alex Bellamy Series) Paperback – October 14, 1995
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"It's a very creditable effort and Kong is a welcome addition to the ranks of crime writers populating Canada's West coast." Dave Skene-Melvin, Mystery Scene.
"Young Alex Bellamy is a remarkably sympathetic character under the circumstances..." John Moore, Lifestyles.
"Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down until I was done." George Robertson, Beyond Numbers. -- George Robertson<br /><br />Debra Purdy Kong provides the audience with an entertaining mystery that will gain her many fans who will relish the British Columbia setting. --Harriet Klausner<br /><br />Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down until I was done. --George Robertson, Beyond Numbers<br /><br />Taxed to Death is a superb mystery of plot twists and turns. A masterpiece of suspenseful storytelling. --Jim Cox, MidWest Review
Debra Purdy Kong provides the audience with an entertaining mystery that will gain her many fans who will relish the British Columbia setting. --Harriet Klausner
Taxed to Death is a superb mystery of plot twists and turns. A masterpiece of suspenseful storytelling. --Jim Cox, MidWest Review
From the Publisher
Debra Purdy Kong has published over 60 short stories, articles and essays, in periodicals and newspapers in Canada, the U.S.A. and England. Taxed to Death is her first mystery in what we hope will be many Alex Bellamy adventures.
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The first chapter caught us with the untimely and horific death of Andy. We were unable to resist moving through the pages to discover the who and why behind Andy's death. In getting to that answer the story worked its way through a multitude of characters, peppered with greed and tax evasive intrigue. We were taken down to depths of an underground cavern,much more rank than that home of the Phantom of the Opera...we entered plush board rooms where sinister plots to evade were orchestrated. We read on to piece together the many characters and their motivations...and we found our way through that maze of intrigue until at the end it all came together and was well understood.
Debra Purdy Kong describes the workings of Revenue Canada as they pit their resources against those who would murder to gain more wealth and to evade being taxed to death. A complex, but enjoyable read. We recomend!
I chose the book as it was tax season in the USA and thought "how fitting." Reading about Revenue Canada instead of the IRS was also a first for me, so that took a little getting used to, but not problematic at all.
The given synopsis of the story is as follows: "Revenue Canada auditor, Alex Bellamy, has always dreamed of adventure. During a field audit, he discovers evidence of fraud. When Alex learns that others, including someone inside Revenue Canada, are involved, he persuades his colleague, Andy Gowan, to help him investigate. But Andy is murdered and Alex is forced to turn to Jillian Scott; a lady he's never met and who has her own frightening reasons for refusing to cooperate. Soon, Jillian's fears and Alex's search for a killer embroil them in a bizarre and disturbing nightmare...not everyone will survive."
The main plot of TAXED TO DEATH is filled with several twists and turns, the dynamic between the main characters, Alex and Jillian is likeable and the chapters for the most part are quick reads. The only thing I longed for was a little more description of the characters and the adventure scenes.
J.R. Reardon author, ADVICE AND CONSENT
a fine first work from a promising new author.....a murder mystery that truly deserves a 5-star rating....and deserves to be read.
Alex Bellemy and his newly promoted boss, Andy Gowen of the Special Investigations unit of Revenue Canada had been checking a couple of companies and a major Accounting firm. Without notice, they were ordered to stop their investigation by superiors. Alex is convinced there is a criminal conspiracy and the companies and accounting firm are involved. He convinces his boss Andy Gowen to continue the investigation, 'off-the-record'. In order to do so, he manages to smuggle some file copies. As they began work in Andy's new apartment, things go bad. They are assaulted by an intruder who had been hiding in a closet when they arrived with the files. Andy is killed, Alex is injured. He trams up with Jillian Scott, secretary to a partner in the accounting firm. The two of them go for a roller-coaster ride with many twists and turns in this intriging plot.
IF this is Author Debra Purdy King's debut novel, she is off to a great start in building a loyal fan base. I know there is a second in the ALEX BELLAMY series, titled "FATAL ENCRYPTION", which I am excited to read NOW! DEBRA PURDY KONG has rocketed herself to being one of my FAVORITE Authors.
Unfortunately, I never got to know any of the main characters, and their personalities felt flat to me. I also don't know what (if anything) the story was trying to tell me. Overall, an unsatisfying read that left me wanting more--not wanting more of the same, but wanting to see more of the hero and heroine.
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