True Death (Howard County Mysteries #2) by Dale E. Lehman

TrueDeathThis book picks up shortly after the first in the series ends.  Familiar characters are back but in this book the author gives us a better understanding of Montufar & Dumas and their backgrounds.  We also get a glimpse into the life of Peller and his wife.  I really enjoyed the side plot of the writer and his quest to get the story of the Fibonacci Murders (from the first book) but instead finds himself entangled into the plot of this book.  The author does a great job of fusing the clues and smaller tendrils of the story to cross the plot over time periods, characters and locations.

While this book does pick up shortly after the first one ends, it can be read as a standalone.  This is the second book I have read in this series.  To see my review of the first book CLICK HERE.  I will be following his series.

SUMMARY

Four years ago, Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller’s wife Sandra died on a country road. The driver who rammed her car vanished without a trace, leaving police stunned and baffled. But it wasn’t murder. It was a freak accident, and the statute of limitations has run out. Now a bungled robbery raises new questions. As Detective Sergeants Corina Montufar and Eric Dumas investigate, Peller’s memories awaken, triggering a series of insights that shine new light on Sandra’s death.
The trail leads police to a meddlesome writer, a hot-blooded enforcer, and a cold-hearted criminal mastermind. Yet mysteries remain. Who could possibly have wanted Sandra dead? Was she targeted for murder, or did she just get in the way? And what became of the detective who originally investigated the accident?

 

A thrilling crime drama, True Death is the second of Dale E. Lehman’s Howard County Mysteries.

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