Sunday, 1 March 2015

It's all written in the stars

Astrologer detective David Lowell’s most difficult case begins with a man, a briefcase, and a challenge. Dr. Ethan Williamson promises a briefcase containing one million dollars if Lowell can find the twin brother of the doctor’s teenage son in time for a live-saving kidney transplant. Thanks to an exceedingly rare blood type, there are no other viable donors and time is running out for the doctor’s son. 

Aided by his staff—spitfire assistant Sarah, psychic hacker Mort, and bodyguard Andy—Lowell sets out to find the twin and the mother, who have been missing since the birth of the boys. 

As Lowell digs deeper into the investigation, it’s evident he needs legal advice in a case that’s shaping up to be an ethical quagmire. Lowell enlists the legal counsel of his daughter Melinda, an attorney and prize astrology student. 

As more comes to light, will Lowell be able to find the missing twin in time to save Williamson’s son? Or do the stars foresee a more tragic end for this case?

This was an unusual detective novel; unusual, in the fact that the main character uses astrology to help solve cases.

I loved the way the two stories that made up this novel were written and it was clear to the reader which particular case was being discussed at which particular time.  What a maze of twists and turns each story takes although this reader guessed the culprit of the main mystery long before it was revealed.

The characterisation was good (as one would expect of the third novel in the series). This novel definitely grabs your attention.  All the characters are written intelligently, they use their initiative, they are proactive rather than reactive which makes a great change in this genre.

You get really invested in these characters and want to know what happens to them next.

I will definitely be looking out for future novels by this author.

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I have rated this 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I loved it' on Amazon (5 stars) and 'It was amazing' on Goodreads (5 stars).

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