- File Size: 986 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jeanne Lamb-Carlin; 1 edition (August 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MKKLBBA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Words To Die By (Allison Taylor series Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Words To Die By was a good read, although a bit slow for my taste. This is the second book in a series and I have not read the first. This could be why I felt the story didn’t move well because I don’t have the back story needed to be invested in the characters. There were few grammatical or typographical errors and the dialogue was believable. I would have liked to see more tension and action, but at the same time it was not needed to tell the story.
The title was really well played in the book. At the beginning of the book, Ally’s friend Elizabeth wants her advice on a part of a book she has just written; a murder mystery story. Soon after, murders start happening in real life the same way they are portrayed in the book. It seems as though the killer is someone she knows, someone who knows about her book and how she is writing it. It kept me guessing straight to the end and it definitely finished strong.
The characters in this book really appealed to me and made me feel as if I'm a part of the story with them. There is also a touch of romance and a splash of humour, which made the overall suspense novel complete. The story moves along at just the right pace and will carry you on a riveting roller coaster of emotions. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
The reader is introduced first to Adrian Taylor wading through couples on a crowded dance floor "searching for the one who had singlehandedly ripped out her heart." Although having a great life as a PI with a great friend Eliza Tweede, she wanted more - Mick Lyons who was "dancing with some young tramp in pink spandex and stiletto heels." Their eyes lock, he moves to her and they slowly reconnect. The story then moves to Lizzie Meade storming into the Coffee Klatch Restaurant where she deposits a manuscript on the counter for her best friend Allison Taylor to critique and leaves for work. Mark Ryan, Ally's present heartthrob enters. As a youngster, Ally had spent summers in this Upstate New York town of Spring Hollow because "Mark's mother and Ally's surrogate mother Frannie Masterson were good friends" so she had spent a lot of time at the Ryan's home gaining a `secret crush' on him. Mark had moved to NYC, became a detective with abundant wine/women/song activity and had returned as the only detective member of the three/four man police department of the small town. She also had moved to NYC but after divorcing a cheating husband had moved back with her young daughter to live and work with Frannie who owned the restaurant. She mentions to Mark that Lzzie is writing a book and actually using entire personal names of persons such as those of Adrian and Mick. Further, the MS is a murder mystery about a serial killer using the same MOS of killings that are happening in the town at this moment as well as having happened in other areas of the country. A dispute arises because he does not want her involved and she decides to investigate anyway with the help of her friends. The story moves forward at an accelerated pace to reveal finally an unexpected perpetrator.
Discussion: This no doubt is a welcome addition to the author's other volumes that surely will appeal to a large segment of the population. Many readers enjoy a mystery story with a light touch that includes `different' characters, an unusual plot, a strong female protagonist, romance with sexual nuances, a bit of humor, an enjoyable pace and an unexpected perpetrator. Regrettably it will have limited appeal to the more pragmatic reader who prefers inclusion of a more realistic police presence and activity, especially when the murders are taking place in a small town with inadequate facilities for a case of this magnitude; i.e., crimes duplicating a series that already have taken place in other sections of the country that certainly would have attracted heavy State and FBI participation.
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