written by D.M. Annechino
published by D.M. Annechino
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: 100% yes!
Mr. Annechino writes a wonderful murder mystery. He sticks close enough to the formula to make the mystery flow, but spices it up nicely with unique and interesting characters and plots/subplots.
The main character is a detective named, Amaris Dupree. It’s refreshing to see a protagonist in a mystery that’s not old, male, washed-up, or emotionally stunted. She feels like a real person in the story. I love that.
Her partner is equally likable and interesting. I kind of picture him as a young version of L.L. Cool J. Sexy, sensitive, smart, and harboring a secret crush on a very sympathetic main character – doesn’t get any better than that.
As you may have gathered, I’m a sucker for strong character development. But, of course, you have to have a strong story too. I didn’t figure out whodunit until the end, so thumbs up in that area as well.
Would I recommend it: Yes, it’s a quick, easy, entertaining story.
About the book: Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Was it a planned murder with a motive, a mugging gone badly, or merely a random act of violence?
Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to the investigation. The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford’s death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts. One by one, the detectives carefully examine each suspect and piece together a puzzle with unimaginable implications. As the investigation gets more intense, and the detectives get closer to solving the murder mystery, someone threatens Dupree’s life. The detectives now realize that Dr. Crawford’s murder was much more than a homicide. And if they don’t arrest the murderer soon, Dupree might be the next victim.
About the author: Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. His second bookResuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in both the USA and UK. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012). Hypocrisy, is Annechino’s fourth novel.
A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.