Death Comes Darkly

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Title: Death Comes Darkly
Author: David S. Pederson
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Genre(s): Gay Mystery, Historical
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder? Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes. Down-to-earth, noble, and naïve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience.

Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious, isolated estate. They search for clues and uncover long buried secrets of the weekend guests while keeping secrets of their own.

It’s up to Heath to solve the mystery and convince Alan that some secrets aren’t worth keeping, and lust can lead to love.

I don’t remember when I read a classic mystery novel the last time, I almost forgot how much I enjoy it. How nice that there are authors who can deliver a solid historic mystery a là Agatha Christie though with its own style and soul.

When detective Heath Barrington got unexpectedly an invitation to spend a weekend at the isolated summer estate of a wealthy industrialist at the Lake Geneva, he couldn’t turn it down. Who would?!

“My summer house has eight bedrooms, and though I am inviting other guests, you and your wife would be quite comfortable. If you choose to bring a companion, you would each have your own room.”

And so we have here:

hat A weekend in the isolated summer house at the Lake, that could be reach only by a lake steamer
hat A bunch of strange people who don’t actually enjoy each other’s company too much

hat BAD weather


hat A CUT telephone cable=the one and the only one phone is DEAD too.

hat And a bunch of suspects=the number of guests(except our detective & police officer)


Of course our brave detective and his companion police officer Alan Keyes didn’t imagine their mutual weekend in the beautiful natural surroundings of the lake to turn into a murder investigation, but because the local authorities couldn’t be reached, they had to act official.
And they did it splendid. Before the local authorities arrived, they solved the case.

I enjoyed this book, and even if there is no steam at all, I didn’t miss it. The main focus is set on the mystery and if you LOVE Agatha Christie, you shouldn’t miss this one. The writing is very pleasant, the mystery is old-fashioned, but in a good meaning, intriguing plot, well developed characters. I’d like to read more of Heath Barrington and Alan Keyes in the future. This couple has a big potential.

Highly recommended.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.