Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ill Conceived-L. C. Hayden

Ill Conceived L. C. Hayden CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug 17 2013, $15.00 ISBN: 9781491215760 In South Lake Tahoe, California, the police list missing teenager Lauri Evans as a runaway. However, Lauri’s seemingly demented Grandma Louise Dietz insists to North Shore Carrier editor Rich, and reporters Aimee Brent and Dolphine Birescik she heard Lauri scream twice in the nearby woods. Later Aimee chats with Lauri’s boyfriend Gary Heely who insists she did not run away, the missing girl’s mother and other acquaintances. Police Detective Tom O’Day informs Aimee that they found the teen’s corpse in the nearby woods. Tom’s sort of partner Marie O’Day tells Aimee and Dolphine that the victim was stabbed twice in the back and once in the abdomen. Tom arrests drugged-out Gary, but Aimee feels the boyfriend did not kill a girl he cared about; so she and Dolphine investigate only to find several suspects. With Harry Bronson taking a breather (see When Death Intervenes and When the Past Haunts You), L. C. Hayden provides her fans with a fabulous journalist investigative thriller. The engaging whodunit contains red herrings and a wonderful twist leading to a second inquiry. Readers will appreciate the antics of the BFFs reporters as they land in one superbly suspenseful situation after another. Harriet Klausner

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