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Bad Karma by Debi Chestnut
Zoey is an Information Professional, a type of investigator, who lives in a small apartment over a garage owned by her needy, alcoholic mother. Her Uncle Felix, her mother’s brother, dies under circumstances that Zoey thinks are suspect, although the police have labelled it “accidental overdose”. Her uncle leaves everything, including his house, to Zoey, who moves right in and adopts her uncle’s black kitten Karma, who seems to attach to Zoey very quickly.
Zoey begins her investigation of her uncle’s death, which she considers to be a homicide, but she just has to prove it. Her uncle was secretly investigating a few missing person cases, of which young teenage girls were reported missing by their parents. Zoey wants to continue what her uncle started.
The police ask Zoey to back off her investigation of the missing girls, but she refuses, citing her instincts that tell her that her uncle’s death was connected to the missing girls. The police subsequently allow Zoey’s intrusion into their missing girls’ cases and offer her assistance when she becomes a target herself.
In the meantime, Zoey allows the investigators to visit her at home. The town where Zoey lives is small and friendly, where everyone seems to know everyone else.
Zoey’s instincts tell her that one of the investigators is actually the culprit, but which one? After Zoey takes an assignment to do work in the witch’s cemetery, she discovers an old, dilapidated house. Her curiosity gets the best of her, so she removes the boards from the window and with her flashlight, takes a look around. But who else could know about the old house? The killer perhaps? Zoey is frightened, but resolves to continue until she finds Felix’s killer.
Zoey’s character is very likeable, and the author, Debi Chestnut, gives Zoey just enough imperfections that make her very realistic.
This epub book is 183 pages with 24 chapters and the author’s words go smoothly from one chapter to the next. A well-written novel, Debi Chestnut keeps relevant the suspects in the missing girls’ case. They are always there, right within Zoey’s grasp, just waiting to be caught or else get away with it.
The story is written in the first person and remains that way throughout. I would recommend this novel for mature audiences. The book contains a small amount of gory language and violence, although there is no profanity or sexual content. I would give this novel 4 out of 4 stars.
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