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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Murder: Take Three

When movie action hero Micah Deifenschlictor is accused of murdering his longtime agent, private investigators Maureen O'Brien and Blake Ervansky are offered a small fortune by Micah's attorney to prove her client's innocence. Blake and Maureen uncover evidence that eliminates Micah as a suspect in less than a day, earning the huge paycheck for very little work. When the case boomerangs back to them, however, the detectives realize they may have been duped into participating in a cover-up. After secretly reopening their investigation, Ervansky and O'Brien are drawn into something much larger and darker than mere homicide, something that will bring unimaginable grief to Blake's life, not only changing him as a man, but irrevocably altering his relationship with Maureen.

Murder: Take Three (Murder Mystery)
By April Kelly & Marsha Lyons
ISBN #978-0615555065
Flight Risk Books
Price $10.72
304 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Just Keeps Getting Better!”

Receiving a big paycheck for proving movie action hero Micah Deifenschlictor did not kill his agent, Blake and Maureen feel good about their investigation until things start looking funny about the case, and another man is arrested after clues lead to him. Now, they’re wondering if maybe the clues were planted, and they were supposed to find Micah innocent when in truth he was the killer.

Micah had served a tour in the Marines, and with a body-builder’s muscles was perfect for action parts, even if he couldn’t act. When he left the marines, he brought many of his old military buddies back with him, setting them up in his movies. But is Micah really in charge? Drugs are liquefying his brain, and he doesn’t seem to have the intelligence to plan a murder. Blake and Maureen start looking at his movie studio, where ex-marines are patrolling the grounds armed to the teeth. And when Pinnacle Studios notices their interest, Blake’s home is burned down and the suspected body of his wife is found in the ashes, sending Blake temporarily over the edge. Maureen remains on the case, however, and discovers that Blake’s wife may be alive, and the body was someone else.

Wow! This series just keeps getting better. The characters continue to grow, though the mood becomes a bit darker as Blake and Maureen are pulled deeper into the cases they investigate. There is little mystery to the stories, as the reader understands the set up from the beginning, but we get to see the main characters work out their investigation, discovering clues that will lead them to the guilty party, and this brings the reader closer to the characters involved. And it is the characters that make the series. The sleazy Hollywood setting is another plus. Highly recommended for mystery buffs who love a good yarn.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

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