Title: Death Comes Darkly (A Detective Heath Barrington Mystery: Book One)
Author: David S. Pederson
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Length: 240 Pages
Category: Historical, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: If you really enjoy the murder mystery genre and appreciate the author Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, or even the game Clue, this book will not disappoint.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder? Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes. Down-to-earth, noble, and naïve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience.
Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious, isolated estate. They search for clues and uncover long buried secrets of the weekend guests while keeping secrets of their own.
It’s up to Heath to solve the mystery and convince Alan that some secrets aren’t worth keeping, and lust can lead to love.
Review: When Detective Heath Barrington makes the headlines for solving a crime, he captures the attention of philanthropist Dexter Darkly. Heath is invited to Mr. Darkly’s estate on Lake Geneva, and has a chance to bring a companion with him. He invites police officer and love interest, Alan Keys, with the hope of getting to know Alan better.
Mr. Darkly wants to make amends so has also invited various relatives, exes and in-laws to his estate for the weekend—and there’s one guest who has invited himself. Then, a murder happens and Heath and Alan find themselves in the middle of a puzzle with a multitude of suspects, all pointing the blame at each other.
Detective Barrington, is confident, strong and clever; and Alan is a little shy, naive and loyal. They both care deeply for each other and make a great sleuthing team. Death Comes Darkly is a nicely written, classic murder mystery from David Pederson. The author gives detailed description of the 1940s along with the sights of Lake Geneva. If you really enjoy the murder mystery genre and appreciate the author Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, or even the game Clue, this book will not disappoint. There are clues in abundance as well as shared scenarios between Heath and Keyes. This was a very entertaining read, and I’m excited for Mr. Pederson to create another mystery for Heath and Alan to solve.
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