Killer Nashville Book of the Day
See Also Deception by Larry D. Sweazy
Reviewed by Sharon Marchisello
See Also Deception (Seventh Street Books) is Larry D. Sweazy‘s second installment in the Marjorie Trumaine mystery series. Marjorie, wife of a farmer who was paralyzed and blinded in a freak accident, is trying to keep their farm running by working part-time as an indexer for a New York publisher. Through her indexing job, Marjorie develops a close relationship with Calla Eltmore, the local librarian, and when Calla is found shot to death at her desk, Marjorie cannot believe the initial report of suicide.
Shortly after Calla’s death, a mysterious woman shows up at the library, and she shares Marjorie’s concerns about law enforcement’s conclusions. Marjorie is not sure whether to consider this woman a suspect or an ally. Drawing on the skills of deduction and organizing that she has sharpened as an indexer, Marjorie is able put together the clues leading to a motive and a killer—but not before she finds herself and others in grave danger.
The setting is 1964 rural North Dakota, and Sweazy does an excellent job of conveying the bleakness of prairie life. We feel Marjorie’s helplessness when someone cuts her phone line and the tires to her only vehicle; she can’t just whip out her cell phone or post a plea on Facebook. Marjorie is the kind of gritty heroine, playing the cards she was dealt with pragmatism and intelligence, who will keep readers engaged in this series.
Sharon Marchisello is the author of Going Home, a murder mystery inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. She has a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Peachtree City, GA, with her husband and cat, and does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society.
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