Bitter Legacy (PIU’s Review)

Bitter Legacy.Title: Bitter Legacy
Author: Dal Maclean
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Release Date: 4th oct, 2016
Genre(s): Murder, Mystery, Thriller, Twisted Romance
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+++ stars out of 5
Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

Detective Sergeant James Henderson of London’s Metropolitan Police Murder Investigation Team is no ordinary police officer. His remarkable gut instincts and relentless detective work have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. When the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, he finds himself drawn back into the insidious world of London’s privileged elite where men like James’s father possess wealth and power enough to hold the law in contempt. As James navigates the promiscuous, secretive and corrupt spheres of the rich, the murderer strikes again. Soon James begins to fear that these crimes lead dangerously close to his own heart and home. And now, he risks losing everything he’s made of his life unless he can expose the sordid truths that have bred this bitter legacy.”


HATS OFF TO YOU, Ms. Maclean!!!!

I am at a loss for words to describe how this book made me feel. I am just stunned that this is a debut novel. I mean, it’s FLAWLESS. This story boasts a compelling plotline which will snag your interest from the get go. I am completely bowled over. I could not stop reading it. Ms. Maclean has crafted such a brilliant story which will keep you glued to your kindle for as many hours as it takes to finish it. So say bye, bye to the outside world before you pick this book up. I seriously don’t know how to properly serenade this masterpiece. I am babbling, I know but I can’t help it. Boy! this book hit it right out of the ballpark. Brilliantly executed and all over a fan-fucking-tastic job done. This story will now reside in my all-time favorite shelves for eternity.

Detective Sergeant James Henderson is a rookie cop. He is intellectual and posh with a sharp instinct, which has not yet failed him in his budding career. When a young criminal barrister is found with her throat slit in her home, James is assigned as the lead in the investigation. As is norm with a high profile case, the media frenzy around it is maddening. They are clamoring for a suspect but the investigation is going nowhere when every leads fizzle out to nothing at the end. The perp is very “forensic aware” and has not left any evidence behind whatsoever other than a bag of stones and a chain link.

A hand written note in the victim’s house leads James to an address. That lead also turns into a dead-end when two of the three tenants deny of ever meeting or knowing the victim and the third one is out of the country. Though the lead does not pan out for James professionally, it does personally. One of the tenants is Ben Morgan, a gay photographer with a flat to rent. James is bowled over by the gorgeous photographer as well as by the gorgeous flat. He himself is looking for a place to rent and this seems to be perfect.

Thus begins a relationship drama that was emotional, topsy-turvy and not ideal at the least. Ben is promiscuous and has a steady stream of never-ending bed partners. James is smitten but he is a one-man kinda guy and Ben is completely opposite of what he wants. But James can’t help but fall (and fall hard) for the one man who is completely wrong for him. James’s heart says Ben’s “THE ONE” even when it gets broken over and over again by the same guy.

After finishing the story, I still have not warmed up to Ben’s character. He does a number on James and I wanted to throttle him for hurting James so much. James on the other hand frustrated me so much but hey, the guy was in love and love can make you do stupid things.

James is new at the gay scene. He does not know what the normal behavior of a gay man is when it comes to hook ups but as he tries to fit into the world of Ben, he realizes that he just wants Love rather than anonymous and meaningless sex. He is naïve with a pure heart. He is sincere and loyal and a great human being all around. As Steggie so truly said :

“A romantic. You have…a pure soul.”
“Fuck. You make me sound pathetic.”
Steggie frowned. “No! Jamie, it’s a rare thing.”

Along with the emotionally taxing and angsty push and pull romance between James and Ben, the mystery part which is the ongoing murder investigation develops with gusto. James is focused when he is working. He loves his job and he actually cares. The murder investigation is very realistic with no “AHA” moments as we see in the tv shows. James and his team really put in the effort to try to solve a case which gets more baffling with every single day. I loved the dynamic James had with his colleagues. Every single effort that they put towards solving the cases is detailed and shows the real un-glamorous side of solving a murder. The facts and clues all ties up at the end perfectly. There are no loose ends in this story. It threw me everytime when something new came up and I can guarantee you wont be able to guess that explosive climax in a million years. Completely brilliant and flawless execution as I said earlier. This is how a mystery novel should actually be written.

Bitter Legacy caters to both categories of readers: romance and mystery. The amalgamation of the two was seamless and I could not put the book down.

All the characters of the story were flawed, complicated and had huge secrets but that’s what made them more human and real to me. This story is raw and brutally honest. It was not predictably black and white. It deals with the gray areas of a human soul and how each person’s circumstances drives them to do the things that condemn them in front of society. At the end I seriously could not feel any sense of “justice being served”, I just felt terribly sad.

Kudos to Ms. Maclean for writing such a terrific novel. She is an author to watch out for. I will be waiting with bated breath for her next work.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It surpassed all of my expectations. Please read this novel and I can guarantee that you will love it!!!!


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