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Tony Adamo is the father and patriarch of the Adamo family. The family commands power and influence in business and political circles. Tony manages several businesses in New Hampshire and Boston through his sons. His daughter, who is yet to join the family business, is currently under training. Tony owns real estate all over New England and several mortgages through his banking interests. Giorgio Abraham Adamo, also known as Abe, is Tony's second son and is currently the president of Tony's most successful business, the real estate business. Marco Adamo, Tony's elder son, is married with kids. He is responsible for the expansion and creation of new businesses. One of Marco's startups, Adfam Tech Inc., grew to become the family's most prosperous business and was even recognized by Wall Street. The brothers did not share a healthy relationship, which led to friction now and then. It is also worth noting that Abe’s fiancé used to date Marco earlier. All was also not well at Adfam. Amidst the personal and professional back-and-forth, Abe is killed in an accident. The family has conducted independent investigations and is convinced that Abe was indeed the victim of fate.
Ms. Lucia Nardone, Abe's fiancée, is skeptical and suspects foul play. Abe's athletic pursuits guaranteed that he was in excellent physical condition. Hence, Lucy insists that Abe could comfortably tackle situations surrounding his death. Lucy approaches a private investigator, Thomas Bradley, TB, from Stone Investigations, for the case. She believes an objectively drawn outcome will help put her mind at peace. Follow TB and Lucy through the investigation in Dennis A. Feece's Love, Pride, and Murder.
The mystery aspect of the plot, both personal and professional, is excellently developed, as are the various parallel characters. Since the story is written in the first person, reading it is more enjoyable. The author has a descriptive writing style. It helps the readers to visualize their surroundings and circumstances very well. I particularly liked how the story kept tilting towards one or the other side and kept me guessing until the end. The characters Ben, Jewels, Doreen, and Aunt Connie are well-defined. The development of the plot and the characters, the backstory of the people involved, and particularly the culmination make the book unique. The ending justifies the title very well. The author has integrated his academic background in theology and his experience with cats into the story.
I was delighted to find only two inaccuracies in the book, indicating that the book was professionally edited. However, I found a few descriptions too drawn out, such as the details of Aunt Connie's residence and Eddie's baseball game. It affected the pace for me. I wouldn't deduct more than half a star for this aspect. Considering that the present rating system doesn't allow for partial stars and it is unjustified to reduce a full star for this aspect, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Overall, I recommend this book to all murder mystery lovers, but it may not be appropriate for young readers due to the use of profanity. I can see the potential for a sequel, and I hope the author considers it.
Love, Pride & Murder
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