Review

In Shirley Wells follow-up to DEAD END, DEAD SIMPLE highlights why Dylan is a perfect, albeit flawed, hero.

When Frank, Dylan’s former supervisor and friend, calls to tell him about the death of Stevie Greenwood Dylan can’t help but take Stevie’s murder personally. Simple Stevie, as he was known, helped Dylan on his first case. The case that gave him back his self respect and set the stage for a reconciliation with Bev. Dylan believes he owes it to Stevie to find his killer.

After Bev’s death Dylan hired a female assistant, Bobby; a petite, bossy, ball of energy. Bobby’s been an asset to the business. Her dedication allows Dylan to return to Dawson’s Clough pro bono in search of justice for Stevie.

Plenty of twists, turns, and more than one mystery satisfy the arm chair sleuths need…

Dylan’s mom, Vicky, has sold her flat and moved in with Dylan, Luke and Freya. Off beat as she is Dylan would be completely lost without her. Sixteen year old Luke has told Dylan that he thinks they’re doing well. Everyone is moving on and that’s as it should be. It’s Dylan who’s struggling. On the surface he’s dealing but he can barely speak of Bev. He’s just keeping it all buried as deeply as he can. Guilt will eat you alive if you let it.

Thanks to Bobby, Dylan’s business is doing well enough to allow him to keep everyone fed, clothed, and housed. Having Bobby also allows him to escape up North. As much as he loves his children and Vicky, he needs to get away and breathe….

Dylan is back doing what he does best, discovering the truth. Stevie and his new obsession, taking pictures with his camera, seems to have been the catalyst for a mini crime spree.

DEAD SIMPLE gives Dylan, and readers, some space from the emotional trauma of DEAD END feeling almost anti-climactic. That feeling doesn’t last for long though. Plenty of twists, turns, and more than one mystery satisfy the arm chair sleuths need to give their grey cells a thorough workout.

Centering on society’s marginalized, regardless of the reason; Dylan’s investigative sojourn in Dawson’s Clough shows him at his most honest and human.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt

Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!



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