Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Mystery/Woman Sleuth
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words
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D.M. Fichera previously worked in marketing and public relations before becoming a freelance writer. She lives near Philadelphia.
“Bad things do come in threes, even for an attractive ad agency executive living in the most desirable neighborhood in Philadelphia. Just ask Dylan Scarborough: first her father died; then her fiancé died; then her ex-boss died. Only the last one became an issue because the police don’t consider murder a natural cause.
After being implicated by a close friend, Dylan is set up by a career-hungry police chief for a crime she didn’t commit. Running out of people to trust, she turns to her nineteen-year-old intern and an investigative reporter friend to help clear her name.”
A review in four words: Good story. Awful copyediting.
I loved the main character, Dylan, which is good since this book appears to be the first in a series featuring her. The secondary characters were also fun, with their own quirks and unique personalities. Dylan’s best friend Jack and intern assistant Lily, along with her busybody Mother, all added a lot to the story and I’m guessing will make appearances in subsequent books. The plot was a good one and kept me guessing along with Dylan as to who the guilty party was. I was surprised when I found out, but felt like there were enough clues that, in retrospect, it made perfect sense.
The only thing missing was adequate copyediting and proofing, with many problems in this area.
Some adult language.
A large number of typos and other copyediting issues. Often these were typos with a letter missing from the word, usually the first or last. Also homophone errors (to/too, course/coarse, your/you’re are a few examples) along with various other problems.
Rating: *** Three stars