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Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review - A Photographic Death: A Delhi Laine Mystery by Judi Culbertson

Book Review
A Photographic Death: A Delhi Laine Mystery 
by Judi Culbertson

Book Description
Bookseller-turned-amateur detective Delhi Laine is back with another atmospheric mystery—but this time, it's a family affair.Nineteen years ago, 

Delhi Laine's two-year-old daughter, Caitlin, disappeared from a park in Stratford-upon-Avon. After a frantic but inconclusive search, authorities determined that she must have fallen into the river in the picturesque area, her body washed away. 

Although the wound has never healed, the family has moved on. Then a mysterious letter containing the ominous words, YOUR DAUGHTER DID NOT DROWN, arrives their lives are once again thrown into turmoil. For Delhi the choice is easy. No matter how tenuous the thread, she cannot leave it unexplored. Even if it takes her back to England and a path that includes murder. 

Even though Caitlin's twin, Hannah, and Delhi's husband, Colin, are deeply against her search. Even though it may split the family and lead to danger and shocking truths. Despite these conflicts, Delhi plows ahead. What she finds is something none of could them could ever have imagined.

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Our Book Review
A very strong and thought provoking story which will make people discuss the merits and issues around the novel .

As her young children are playing in the park she falls asleep for a minute and then is alerted by of a shout that one of her children has fallen in the river, gone forever.  The police and river search produce no body and write it off as an accidental death. 19 years later she receives a letter stating that her daughter is alive and so the story begins.  The search begins and splits the family into 2 fragments, those who want to find the missing twin and those who want just to let bygones be bygones. The friction and feeling that the mother is feeling after blaming herself for all them years is expertly written and you feel sorry for her and just want to help in the search.

The author style of writing is very descriptive and easy to read and digest.  The characters traits and reactions to the events that unfold are first rate and you feel and sense of their every emotion. The main thing that struck me about this particle story is as a parent if you don't keep an eye on your children 100 per cent and take your eye off them for one second it can haunt you for a lifetime.

A riveting read which touches the heart strings and every emotion you can think of with an excellent twist at the end.
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About the Author
PictureJudi Culbertson is the author of thirteen published books. Soon after graduating from Wheaton College she published GAMES CHRISTIANS PLAY, followed by THE LITTLE WHITE BOOK ON RACE. As well as parenthood and a day job as a social worker, she wrote stories for literary magazines and published articles in Glamour, The New York Times, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Working Mother, and others.

 In 1986, after a trip to Paris, Judi and her husband, Tom Randall, wrote PERMANENT PARISIANS, An Illustrated Biographical Guide to the Cemeteries of Paris, published in 1987. Other in the series include New York, London, California, and Italy. Judi's other books include a mystery, THE NURSERY, SCALING DOWN, Living Large in a Smaller Space, with Marj Decker and THE CLUTTER CURE.

Since leaving social work in 1999, Judi developed her used and rare book business. It is this background that helped create the Secondhand Prose Mystery Series. A NOVEL DEATH, is the first book in the series. AN ILLUSTRATED DEATH was published on October 1 and now A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEATH.
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  1. This sounds really great! While I'm not sure I can handle a mystery that focuses on a child this is definitely an author I'm going to want to check out in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  2. great book review! its great when books are easy to read

  3. This sounds like a brilliant book. I love books like this! Will keep a look out for it

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