by Gayle Roper
-From the back cover-
One across... Three down...
The answer is in the puzzle.
The danger is in not solving it before time's up.
Libby Keating longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella's old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn't looking good so far.
First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby's thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with a hidden warning shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously – in spite of the dead man who delivers it.
Libby finds comfort in neighbor Drew Canfield, but he hesitates to trust her after his disastrous marriage. As Libby struggles to act faithfully in the midst of these confusing relationships, she must also deal with a stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords, if she can only solve the puzzles before it's too late.
One of the most enjoyable mysteries I have read this year, Fatal Deduction, is a delightful combination of danger, quiet romance, secrets, and family.
This story was different than most mysteries; instead of the stereotypical brave and highly intelligent heroine and the tough-but-tender cop/military hero, there is Libby and Drew.
Libby is a single mom struggling to raise her daughter. She is just your everyday mom, balancing faith, mothering, work, an over-the-top sister, hurtful relatives, a cute new neighbor, a dead body, threatening messages... You get the idea.
Drew is also a single parent with a daughter. He is just an average guy, balancing faith, fathering, work, a mentally ill ex-wife with a penchant for trouble, a new neighborhood, a pretty neighbor, danger, bodies, and who knows what else.
I just loved that, two ordinary people thrust into extraordinary – and sometimes dangerous – circumstances.
This Book earned 4.5 Bark rating.
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The mystery part of the book was very good. I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the guilty parties were, why, and how. I made some guesses that were right and some that weren't you. You can't really say that the plot was predictable at all. There are plenty of twists and turns, secrets revealed, and unlikely heroes.
This is a great book for anyone that loves suspense, mystery, and happy-but-realistic endings.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper a 4.5 Bark rating.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 20, 2008)
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