Never Alone

Never Alone
ISBN: 9781683482932, Page Publishing, an e-book by Kara Lumbley.

Plot: Jena, ME for Savannah, GA. and her close friend, lead detective Jordan (female) leave for a trip to the shore after intense activity following recent serial killings that left women gutted and abandoned in warehouses. Actually, she had been another one of the women, only was rescued in time. The killer had not acted again for a period of time leading them to the belief that he may have left the area. They spend a quiet time in a beach house in S. Carolina near Hilton Head and it is only when they are ready to leave that Jordan discovers foot prints outside of where Jenna had been sleeping. She does not inform her because she didn’t want her to be worried. Meanwhile, Jordan’s partner Michael is called by Lt. Vane to investigate a case where an older man is discovered dead just off a popular park trail. He, along with a department newbie, begin the investigation and discover he had been killed elsewhere and deposited along the trail; that he is Arthur Reddings, an apparently wealthy 61-year-old originally from a small GA town; he has an adopted daughter Anne whom he provides for in a rather open-handed manner even after a rather vitriolic divorce from the girl’s mother; that he sends $10,000 monthly to Eastern Cape, South Africa; that he makes frequent trips to Africa and seems to have other strange attributes/activities. The story proceeds to follow a fascinating course as the reader gradually discovers increasingly interesting facts about Arthur’s multi-tasked life along with closely associated activity by the employees of the Savannah and other legal departments, to most of whom the reader already have been introduced. And the story’s finale provides a perfect entry to the next anticipated volume.

Discussion: If you are a reader who enjoys a pleasant story fancifully and charmingly presented in a fast-moving fashion, this story is for you. Buy, read and enjoy but DO NOT reads beyond this point UNLESS you are a devotee of more traditional mysteries.

SPOILER ALERT! Regrettably, the case so pleasantly but rather cavalierly presented by the author would not be the simple matter described. A U.S. Citizen is murdered in a U.S. State city within the jurisdiction of the local police. However, ties are discovered that lead to a foreign country and include the victim being a member of the FBI involved in clandestine activity in a foreign country – an activity that more usually would be the concern of the CIA and INTERPOL (The FBI does maintain some offices overseas but more probably would only tangentially be involved in an incident as described.) Additionally, the level of activity described by the local Savannah authorities is difficult to accept as well as description of the range of Arthur’s dispersal of government money. His cache of weapons also does not seem to have any logical reason.

Conclusion: An interestingly plotted story fancifully and charmingly presented, but not for most usual mystery devotees.

3* Interesting plot, fascinatingly, charmingly presented; not for usual mystery devotee.

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