***** Selected as one of the ‘Ten to Taste 2014’ by crime and thriller site Crime Fiction Lover. *****
Cynthia’s had a rough day.
And now she’s found Nathan’s body.
This could impact negatively on her performance review. Not to mention that the police are bound to suspect her, seeing as how she has no alibi and was cutting code right outside his office when he was murdered.
Explaining that techies rarely interact with managers for long enough to kill them isn’t going to sort the problem. There’s only one thing to do before she’s arrested – find the killer herself. How hard can it be? She has a hotline to Nathan’s devilishly handsome son, enthusiastic friends and a lifetime’s expertise in armchair detection.
Cynthia’s exploits soon reach the ears of the enigmatic Superintendent in charge of the case. She can handle that, but then she attracts the murderer’s attention…
A very annoying and controlling boss, who everyone hates, including Cynthia. And suddenly he is dead and Cynthia is the suspect. Like she did not have enough on her plate already. And also she is the only one in the office when Nathan is found dead. So even she knows she is the most natural suspect. So how can she convince everyone she did not do it?
Ita Ryan has created a nice web of intrigue and suspense around the murder of Nathan and Cynthia being the suspect. The way the story is written is also different. The book starts with the murder. Then goes back into the circumstances and then comes forward to the present. The back and forth is truly interesting and does not disturb the flow of the story. The brief romance between Cynthia and Harold, Nathan’s son is also shown with a dark cloud on top.
The way Cynthia then takes upon the investigation herself and figures out who is the killer is also a systematic and proper procedure. It is a bit slow in between though and a tendency to skip comes over you. But overall a good read.
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