Dressed To Kill Book Review

Dressed To Kill Book Review

Title: Dressed to Kill
Author: Margaret Duffy
Published: 2015, Endeavour Pres
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $3.99 Kindle

Sometimes old books that go out of print are good enough that they need to be reintroduced to a new generation. Such is the case of Dressed to Kill, a novel by Margaret Duffy that was first published in 1994. The story takes place in Bath, a city in England, and a very difficult woman, Mrs. Pryce, who has previously caused trouble for everyone in the neighborhood has been found murdered. Joanna Mackenzie, former CID, and now in private practice, is forced to team up with James Carrick, a former boss and lover to solve this case, as well as a case where a very valuable artifact has been stolen. Because Mrs. Pryce was such a horrible person – beloved pets had been disappearing around the neighborhood, and Mrs. Price had accused neighbors of everything ranging from theft of her flowers to an innocent neighbor boy trespassing on her lawn, there are dozens of suspects. The investigation turns very serious when a girl from the nursing home nearby who looks a lot like Joanna is found murdered.

As the investigation continues, Joanna and Carrick find their lives are also in danger. There are twists and turns that raise the level of suspense throughout, and the ending will be a surprise as the ending of any good thriller should be.

Duffy has done an excellent job of making characters seem real. Carrick is a difficult person to get along with, and readers will be able to relate to Joanna and her feelings about working with him. Almost everyone has had a bad neighbor, and even though Mrs. Pryce is absolutely horrible, she obviously didn’t deserve to die and it’s only fair that the murderer be brought to justice. Some of the other neighbors are interesting, and during the course of the story, several of them will become suspects in the minds of the investigators and also the readers.

This book is well-written, fast-moving, and fun to read. The English setting is a nice change from the same-old, same-old, and adds some charm to what is already a good novel. There is no graphic sex (although some innuendo), violence, or profanity in the novel, so it’s suitable for almost everyone who enjoys thrillers.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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