Title: The Necessary Deaths (The Delingpole Mysteries #1)
Author: David C. Dawson
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
A young journalism student lies unconscious in a hospital bed in Brighton, England. His life hangs in the balance after a drug overdose. But was it attempted suicide or attempted murder? The student’s mother persuades British lawyer Dominic Delingpole to investigate, and Dominic enlists the aid of his outspoken opera singer partner, Jonathan McFadden.
The student’s boyfriend discovers compromising photographs hidden in his lover’s room. The photographs not only feature senior politicians and business chiefs, but the young journalist himself. Is he being blackmailed, or is he the blackmailer?
As Dominic and Jonathan investigate further, their lives are threatened and three people are murdered. They uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of government and powerful corporations. The people behind it are ruthless, and no one can be trusted. The bond between Dominic and Jonathan deepens as they struggle not only for answers, but for their very survival.
I am bit torn with this book. On one hand I really enjoyed the mystery/suspense part of the story for the most part. On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of the relationship between Dominic and Jonathan. Not because of the thought of open monogamy, which I will discuss below, but because IMO it isn’t believable.
The author did a good job with the plots/subplots and the twists that came about. I honestly felt while I was reading this book the movie of this book was playing out in my head. There are many characters, different locations and scene changes depending on the character and what they are doing at the time or where they’re located. I quite enjoyed this aspect of the book and I have to admit the main conflict of the book was very moviesque. I even liked all the characters that are introduced. They really worked well together even though they were all seemingly thrown together by fate.
Dominic doesn’t have a lot to do with the gathering the clues or even solving the case. He is more like the figurehead of the group that everyone goes to for support and direction. There is Jonathan the comic relief, Steve the techie “Q” part of the group, Jay and Pat the muscle, Miles researcher/brain and finally John and Simon the investigators.
What I didn’t really like about the book was the relationship between Jonathan and Dominic. I honestly sensed that they were more of a FWB than anything else. I do not for one moment think they belong together even with little background we were given of Dominic’s past and how he’s raised. I got the impression that Dominic was more invested into the relationship than Jonathan; despite Dominic not being totally out and proud. Even with Dominic’s life in peril, Jonathan was still flirting and noticing other men. It’s mentioned that Jonathan thought of their relationship as an open monogamy, and I could have gotten behind this train of thought if it seemed that Dominic wanted it as well. I got the impression that Dominic felt that he could not do any better. Afraid that if he did speak up he would lose Jonathan.
One other thing that is still bothering me, unless I missed it somewhere, is what happened to all the “bad guys”? Am I to assume that they’re arrested and waiting for their day in court? Or did they flee and on the run? Hmmmmmmmmm…….Nevertheless, I do look forward to the next book in the series to see what other mysteries Dominic and his band of merry misfits stumble-upon. I will just need to look past the relationship/romance aspect of Dominic and Jonathan; unless this aspect improves.