Book Reviews: Murder Most Foul
November 8, 2015
I’VE READ THE COMPOST PILE by Stephen Woodfin a couple of times now, and each time I’ve read it, the pages reveal a twist to the story I didn’t notice before. Woodfin understands the nuances of a legal thriller and weaves his story, the setting of which is in Seagrove Beach, a small affluent coastal town where tourists come to enjoy the beach and a slower pace of life.
Some of the characters have come for different reasons –perhaps, to start fresh a new life or to forget about the grief following the loss of a loved one, or simply just lie on the beach and read a good book. These characters should have found a home on another page in another story.
From the get go, there is no relaxation in this quaint little village. The murder of a teenage girl and the arrest of a young man are just the top layer of the mysteries Aldous Barton, Thag Clemons, and the infamous Shot Glass Reynolds must peel away to unravel the intrigue Stephen Woodfin has created for them.
I SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME in front of my computer. I don’t remember ever talking to my computer except for the time when it crashed. I know it didn’t respond even though I spoke quite harshly to it. The technological wizard just sat there, screen black with not even a glimmer or sparkle of a letter of the alphabet.
Not so with Sandra Derringer’s computer. Sandra, the protagonist of Cyndi Lord’s novel They Call Me Murdered is challenged by the screen of her machine sitting on her desk. Possessed by the spirit of Professor Joylynn Donovan, her computer seems to have a life of its own. But how can that be? The only output of a computer is what the owner inputs into it. Not so with Sandra’s computer. Joylynn was brutally murdered, and Joylynn speaks from the beyond, saying “. . .what is in the heart and soul is all the baggage we are allowed to take on the final journey.
These words spark a harrowing journey for Sandra Derringer, private investigator. Using the extraordinary gift she was given at an early age, Sandra channels the spiritual world while she investigates the physical world to solve Joylynn’s murder. Along the way, she is threatened and/or feels threatened by the known and unknown.
Cyndi Lord possesses a unique style of writing to create a mystery that is most unusual and interesting.