January is kicking off the new year with some great mysteries and crime books!
Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG – David Housewright (Released January 2nd, 2018)
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
I don’t know how I had never heard of David Housewright before. Especially when it’s a crime series set in Minnesota! Holland Taylor is a PI and finds himself in the middle of the crime of the century in DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG.
Eleanor Barrington is from a socially prominent and wealthy family, but she has been arrested for murder. Who did she allegedly kill? Her son’s fiance, Emily Denys. Eleanor made it no secret that she hated her future daughter-in-law and was completely convinced that she was just using her son for financial gain. With plenty of witnesses coming forward stating that they overheard Eleanor threatening to kill Denys, it seems like a pretty open and shut case.
Meanwhile, Holland Taylor, a Private Investigator, who typically sticks to the simple cases finds himself thrust into the middle of this crime. While he was conducting a background check on Emily Denys, she discovers that her name and background are both completely fabricated. Before he can question her further she was found dead. Who killed Emily and what was she hiding from her past?
I love the crime thrillers that involve some kind of family secrets and drama. The dynamics of a family are completely unique to them and no two stories are the same. You’d think a wealthy family of high social standing would be immune to crime and murder, but they find themselves front and center. Housewright brings us on some twists and turns throughout the novel as we try to get to the bottom of the murder.
Being from Minnesota, I loved the familiar surroundings and atmosphere. Housewright did a fantastic job setting the scene, even when we moved to Wisconsin for a portion of the novel. I definitely want to go back and visit the beginning of the series.
Overall, if you want a solid crime novel that isn’t only focused on the police procedurals, then you’ll enjoy Holland Taylor. Housewright threw in some good twists and kept the mystery going at a great pace. It will definitely keep your interest until the very end. While this is book four in a series, it read very well as a standalone!