Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Clever Setting for an Unusual Mystery

Detective D.D. Warren isn't sure she made a good decision when she agreed to give a lecture at the Police Academy Writer's Conference. Her husband, blood splatter expert Alex Wilson, assures her that it'll be fun and easy. D.D. isn't so sure. How can she keep a group of mystery writers listening while describing how the police work a case.

Being D.D. she comes up with a good idea. She'll tell the class about one of her cases and challenge them to figure out the three truths and a lie embedded in the presentation.

The case features a severed leg, glitter, and a shoddy motel room. This unusual case is the perfect vehicle to illustrate police procedure and still keep the audience guessing. Following the course of the police investigation it's very difficult to guess the ending until, as in real police work, all the clues are in.

This novella is a quick read. D.D. is a character you can empathize with, particularly her fear that she won't be able to keep her audience listening for the full fifty minutes. Because the story is short, it's a good way to meet D.D. and get interested in reading her longer novels. The author includes the first chapters of her new book scheduled to come out on February 9th. I know I'll be looking for it.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.