Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Silent Witness-Shirley Wells

Silent Witness

Shirley Wells

Carina Press Mar 5 2012, $7.99

ASIN: B0070Y3N9E; ISBN: 978037306252

Sue Kaminski hires banished cop (and convict) turned private investigator Dylan Scott to investigate the murder of Carly Walsingham. Sue’s husband Aleksander, who was the victim’s former spouse, was convicted of the homicide. Residing in prison, Alek continues to claim he is innocent; his second wife and his parents believe him.

Though Dylan knows almost all inmates sound honest when they proclaim their innocence and the evidence overwhelming condemns Alek, the sleuth looks at others connected to the victim as possible suspects and finds several with motives. Thus Dylan looks deeper at Carly's second husband Dr. Neil Walsingham, his present and past mistresses (Megan Cole and Sonia Trueman) and veterinarian Dr. Jamie Tinsley.

The latest Dylan Scott Mystery (see Presumed Dead and Dead Silent) is an enjoyable whodunit starring a wonderful lead character who has made strides in fixing his personal relationships (with his wife, mom, teenage son and newborn). However, it is his whodunit investigation that makes for a strong read as Shirley Wells deploys the theory of relativity to great use with several key players painting radically diverse pictures of the victim while the sleuth looks at commonality to support a profile.

Harriet Klausner

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