more than usual these last few weeks -
And I've enjoyed having a little extra time to relax with a good book -
I've recently finished up -
The story involves a female detective in the 1950s chosen to solve the murder of a young child in a predominately Catholic community. Detective Dana Greer stays with a local family as she conducts the investigation through interviews with school personnel, community leaders, and family members. The investigation process takes many twists and turns as one nugget of information leads to another question; ultimately ending after the murder is solved.
I love a good mystery and this one did not disappoint. More than once I thought I had it all figured out, but Delphine Boswell took me on turn after tune as Detective Greer and I discovered new information together. I enjoyed 'being a part' of an investigation without the technology we have available today - And I couldn't help but compare how much the world has changed in the last sixty [seventy??] years. It was also interesting to see how this professional woman was treated differently solely because of her gender.
And while there's still some of that in the workplace today, we've come a long way baby, as the saying goes...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but will admit I was a little put off by the presence of the tarot card reader; 1] I avoid anything having to do with mystics so I almost stopped reading it, and 2] I failed to see how it really contributed to the story.
I enjoy reading books that realistically portray human nature so it was interesting to see how the basic principles of manipulative people is the same regardless of the decade they live in.
Note: I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher.
All opinions are my own.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery - and having it in a mid-century modern setting is just the icing on the cake [for me!]
The good news is that there are more books coming! [Y'all know I love sequels!]
This is Delphine Boswell's first published novel - she shares on her blog, Detective Greer, "will travel to wherever there is a crime involving a child and the Catholic Church." She states that the story was conceived from a lingering memory from her own childhood when a school mate was murdered and that the overall theme of the books, " will be that even the godly can fall into the depths of sin."
I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did!