Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Death by the Riverside

Death by the Riverside
Death by the Riverside by J.M. Redmann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Detective Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of book 7 in this series in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the rest of the books in the series myself, so am under no particular obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Detective Micky Knight, hired to take a few pictures, finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps while trying to expose a dangerous drug ring. Things turn personal when her own well-hidden past is exposed.

My Thoughts: This is the sort of book that makes me happy I like to read, because it is the whole package. Murder, mystery, adventure, a dashing heroine, sex and violence and … Beethoven’s 9th.

I was bemoaning the dearth of books with a lesbian protagonist when I found Ill Will, the 7th Micky Knight book, on NetGalley. I had a gift certificate left on Amazon, so I bought the rest of the series. I’m very happy I did. Micky is a complicated person – full of pain on the inside, full of snark on the outside. While she has a network of friends – Danny and Joanne Ranson included – she is always on the move, not ready to settle down, terrified to allow herself to fall in love. After her father died, she was forced to move in with her Aunt Greta, who was a bitter and ugly (inside) woman that treated Micky horribly. Her only reprieve was her Sundays with her Great-Aunt Harriet, and after she died, Micky closed herself off, afraid that anyone she loved with end up dead. She drinks too much, she sleeps around, and she barely makes enough to survive, but she tells herself she is happy. But when confronted with the happiness of her friends and their partners, Micky starts to question herself. Why? Why not? is her standard response to these sorts of thoughts, but after awhile she remembers the only essay that received an A in her philosophy class: Because.

We take a real journey with Micky in this first book, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Deaths of Jocasta. So, let me recommend this book to those of you who are searching for something wonderful to read, with a lesbian protagonist and a wonderfully fast-paced storyline. You won’t regret your decision to give these books a try.

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