Lee Calloway #1. In The Rose Water (Echo Rose #4) Mr Fincham introduced Lee Callaway with the intention that one day he would get his own series. I’m excited to say, The Dead Daughter (Lee Callaway #1), is now available. (My review of Rose Water is available on Amazon and Goodreads.)
This one starts out with a somewhat different premise. Kyla Gardener’s dead body is found in her bed one early morning. She had been stabbed multiple times. Her father, Paul, has blood stains on his shirt and his fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. Paul has no memory of what happened. Sounds cool. Right?
The plot is full of interesting twists and turns, and quite a few puzzles along the way, for us and the characters to come to grips with. Some of these in the last few pages. It really is a cliff-hanger, right to the end.
Not overly happy that the editor let a few too many errors (grammatical and structural) get through to the final edition. Such things as: 'He tried to buy the photographs off Callaway' Hmmmm. Was he wearing them? However, if the author's intention had been to make the comment in the voice of the character, I understand, but it seemed to me, to be the author telling us something, and that grated on me.
'Stan never got a formal education, something he regretted in his life.' A better version of this might be, "Stan missed out on a formal education, something he wished had been different, later in his life." Again, if the author's intention had been to make the comment in the voice of the character, I understand. My suggestion doesn't work here, but it seemed to me to be the author telling us something about the character, and that didn't work for me.
But these are minor criticisms of the first in a new series from an author of whom you will be hearing a lot more.
Plot is very important and keeps you guessing, but the development of the actors in the play (as most novels are) is not forgotten.
While the very early pointers to Callaway's character were established in the Echo Rose #4 novel; enough development occurred in this book to make me want to spend some more time with Mr Callaway. Is Echo Rose also featured in this book? You'll have to read it to find out.
Received an advance copy of this book to review. Another good storyline written by Thomas Fincham. Keeps you interested right throughout, not wanting to put the book down until the end. It will be interesting to see how Lee Callaway's character develops, can't wait till the next book to come out.