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Monday 14 November 2011

A Hint of Murder - The Bouncer by Lia Fairchild

Number 3 in the Hint of Murder series, Lia gets better and better!

This is another well-composed, neatly structured, short whodunnit and once again when you reach the last word on the final page it's hard to believe you have read a short story and not a novel.

A wealthy man is found dead in his rather clinically decorated home and the suspects are many:  was it the disgruntled business partner, was it the latter's somewhat na├»ve cousin working as a bouncer in a night club, was it the exasperated wife or was it the faithful 'butler'?  Lewis and his rookie female partner, Barnes, are the detectives assigned to the case with the task of exploring motives of deception and infidelity.

As with Lia's previous AHMs, the characters are well-rounded and it never ceases to amaze me how much we learn about them in the space of 10,000 words or so. Along with the thriller content that keeps you guessing until the end, this is another excellent short story.

Spot on, yet again, Lia.

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