Title: The Necessary Deaths (The Delingpole Mysteries #1)
Author: David C. Dawson
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: 1st Nov, 2016
Genre(s): Mystery, Conspiracy, Murder
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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 love mysteries and I can’t pass out on any of them and I was seriously hoping that this one is going to be a win for me. Alassighs The blurb of this book sounded very promising indeed but at the end, I could not get myself to give it more than 2.5 stars. The plot was not that strong and I had a hard time liking the main MC of the book. This story is supposed to have a relationship but I did not see the connection or trust between the couple. As for the villains, they were ruthless, yes but still could not induce the sense of fear or the danger in me. Their cause was outlandish and I had a real hard time believing it.
When Simon Gregory is hospitalized after his suicide attempt, lawyer Dominic Delingpole is roped into the case while helping Simon’s mother, his neighbor. Dominic is not sure if it is at all a suicide attempt. After talking with his housemates, Dominic’s instinct says that Simon could have been a victim of a murder attempt. When evidence comes out that Simon is hiding sensitive images in his room it raises the question whether he was blackmailing someone. With Dominic’s apartment getting broken into and faceless people following him and his partner, Jonathan, he has no doubt that Simon is part of a big conspiracy and no one is safe anymore until the bad guys are caught.
Why I did not like about the book?
- Dominic is a lawyer so he knows that it’s not done to keep facts from the police in an ongoing investigation but he deliberately withholds vital information even when people starts dying.
Dominic in no way has been portrayed as a strong or able character or investigator what with him trying to ogle every guy he comes in contact with. As he learns more facts about the case and finds out the sensitive and dangerous nature behind it, he does nothing to keep his boyfriend or friends safe. He involves everyone in it without ever thinking about their safety.
Dominic was not the investigator per say. He just stumbles on it and then does nothing to solve it. His lack of action is just not what I would like to see from a principal character in a mystery novel.
As for the other characters, there were too many of them. It was a little too convenient that John, Simon’s boyfriend knows a surveillance guy who can hack phones, encrypt them and generally act as the computer guy in their “amateur” team.
The villains are so deadly and ruthless that they can eliminate anyone but fail to retrieve Dominic’s phone after they kidnap himshakes head Wow! even a total amateur would find that stupid. Also when they try to kill Simon for the first time, they do not attempt to retrieve the evidence first. I mean how much of an idiot are they??? (The bag was sitting right under Simon’s bed. It was not even in any bank vault or a safeeye roll)
As for Simon, there was no clear explanation as to how he gets involved with the evidence in the first place. His housemates were stupidly brave enough to not panic and go to the police even after they find that someone is trying to kill their friend. That’s just not how normal student s behaves or any innocent bystander for that matter.
Lastly, Jonathan. That guy thought he could flirt his way through a dangerous/deadly situation. I did not like him as a investigator or a serious romantic partner.
I could not connect with the characters and found the plot uninteresting. The twists and turns were movie-like where appropriate people are conveniently present any time there are any problems. And I was totally flabbergasted with the total lack of police involvement. The MCs were not MI6 that they could handle everything yet they still do not feel the need to alert the police about such a huge conspiracy.
The writing style is not that exciting. There were twists and turns in the plot but the author could not instill the appropriate reaction in me. There was everything in the story that you would generally hope to see in a mystery novel but the author could not make the end product exciting or believable enough. None of the characters felt real or authentic. I was really very disappointed with this book.