Book Review – True Death
by Dale E Lehman
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| Rodney Strong
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True Death by Dale E Lehman is a marvellous contemporary murder thriller. It is the second book in the Howard County Mystery series but could be read as a stand-alone. I would, however, recommend reading book one, The Fibonacci Murders, first as this story follows straight on from that, being set just a few weeks later.
The plotline was intricately constructed and grabbed my attention from the start. I immediately became engrossed in the action and remained glued to the end. The story alternated between present day and the past, which set the scene for the action to come.
There was an unknown voice that drew the reader in. I was asking questions – who is this? What have they done?
The 2nd Book in the Howard Country Mysteries Series…
True Death is the second in the Howard County Mysteries, after The Fibonacci Murders. In this book the main characters are still dealing with the aftermath of the Fibonacci Murders, and their desire to move on is temporarily thwarted by a writer, who desperately wants them to talk about their experiences so he can write a book at it. Rick Peller is the only one who escapes this scrutiny as he leaves for a long overdue vacation to visit his son.
Meanwhile the other detectives are caught up in a car theft ring, that may or may not hold the key to the death of Rick Peller’s wife in a car accident years ago.
The main concern I had with this book was character motivations and lack of follow through on set up. Detective Dumas has a subplot relating to his Uncle and running away from family that doesn’t pay off. Peller is told while on holiday that his wife was deliberately targeted for death, and instead of jumping on a plane to go home and help out, he stays on holiday.
All of these are just frustrating and serve to distract from the main story. It means that for me this wasn’t as strong as the first book in the Howard County Mysteries. 3/5 stars.
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