3 out of 4 stars
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Senator Stephen Wright dies of a heart attack, and employees of the Falcon-Rowe Life Insurance Company are disappearing or dying. A $1,000,000 life insurance policy was taken out on them just before their deaths or disappearance. Rod Saunders sends John Bryan to investigate undercover. John runs into his friend, Mike, at the airport, and they decide to go to dinner to catch up on old times. John sees a lady in red at the restaurant and falls instantly in love. Detective Mike Gabrielli is investigating Kyle Evans’s death, but John does not want to confide in him because he is afraid of blowing his cover. John meets fellow resident Nate Eden at his new apartment house. Nate is a computer genius with a mysterious past. Rod Saunders is in a hit-and-run accident. Will he survive, or is he another victim of the killer(s)? Will John solve the crimes?
Lady In Red: A Mystery of Murder and Intrigue by B. Ann Bayliss has many positive aspects. Told from the third perspective, B. Ann Bayliss has thoroughly described the demographics, from the speed limit on curvy roads to a 20-foot fence around the life insurance company that keeps the wildlife in the woods out. Each character is fully developed, and I could feel their love, fear, and anxieties. There is suspense and mystery that kept me reading and intrigued throughout the book. I am not going to give away any spoilers, but the end of the story gives me hope that there is a sequel in the making. However, the ending is sufficient and brings closure to the plot.
The negative aspects of this book are few. There are a few instances where Italian is used without translation, and I had to look up the translation because I was unsure what the author was saying. Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I was disappointed that the author did not have the book professionally edited. A professional editor would have found the many typographical and grammatical errors throughout the book.
The positive aspects outweigh the negative, so I am rating this book 3 out of 4 stars. The lack of translations is minimal, and I did enjoy the fast-paced, action-packed plot, so there is no reason to give this book fewer stars. The number of mistakes is the only reason I deducted one star.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading romance, mystery, and crime-thriller books. The book is more appropriate for readers over 16 years of age because it contains murder, verbal abuse, and non-borderline profanity.
Lady In Red
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