Author: David M Hamlin
Genre: Murder Mystery
Format: Paperback 294 pages
Release Date: 9 December 2017
Publisher: Open Books
My Rating: ***
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Open Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a follow up to the authors previous book featuring Emily Winters, ‘Winter in Chicago’ but is completely capable of being read as a standalone.
Emily Winters is a career driven, female lead character, working in television reporting in the 1970’s. Emily is consistently frustrated that the network only seem to send her out to cover ‘soft’ news stories and longs to be the hard hitting reporter with her finger on the pulse that she knows she can be.
A gruesome murder happens nearby and Emily picks up the story from one of her contacts. When she takes the story back to the Network the regular crime reporter is not happy as he feels Emily has stepped on his turf.
Emily’s powers of persuasion win her the story and she finds herself fighting to prove herself for her career’s sake as well as trying to hunt down a killer.
Although this is primarily a murder mystery book, and undoubtedly one of the biggest themes is solving the case and catching the killer, this was not my favourite part of the storyline.
I found myself most enjoying Emily’s tenacity and feisty spirit and the sub storyline which involves her trying to pave her way and break through the glass ceiling on what back in the 1970’s was chiefly a male dominated work force.
The story flows nicely from chapter to chapter as Emily uncovers more clues and I liked how the author played with the characters. The author gave Emily’s husband, Ben, an incredibly posh vocabulary. At first I found this slightly off putting, but by the end of the book I was completely endeared to it and quite liked the quirky nuance of the language used.
I enjoy any story with an underdog that ultimately defies all odds and comes through triumphant in the end. These stories hold that ‘feel good’ factor for the reader upon finishing. Yes, Ok, maybe the storyline is a bit predictable, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that this is an easy and enjoyable read that I would recommend.
About the Author
DAVID M. HAMLIN was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Bethesda, Maryland and educated in Montgomery County public schools. He is a former VISTA volunteer and a cum laude graduate of Nasson College in Maine.
He has enjoyed two careers, first as an executive with the American Civil Liberties Union and then as a partner in a successful Los Angeles public relations and marketing agency which he co-founded with his wife, Sydney Weisman. He lives, writes and plays tennis in Palm Springs, CA.
David M. Hamlin is the author of The Nazi/Skokie Conflict (Beacon Press, 1980). In 2009, he wrote Los Angeles’s Original Farmers Market (Arcadia Press, photos curated by Brett Arena). He has also written countless opinion page commentaries, freelance news and professional journal articles, a political satire column and the box copy for the Hot Wheels™ 40th Anniversary Edition Gilmore Oil White 3000 Truck and Agajanian Special midget racer.
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