About the Book:
Page Count: 358 pages
Publisher: E-Lit Books
A sordid sex tape.
A venture capital firm.
A secret society of women.
A Catholic nun.
Miriam Cross, author, feminist and philanthropist, disappears from her Philadelphia home. A year later, a lonely recluse named Emily Cray is brutally murdered in her bed in a small Pennsylvania town.
The police discover that Emily Cray and Miriam Cross were one and the same, but if they know who killed Miriam, they’re not sharing. Miriam’s niece wants answers. She turns to the one woman she knows she can trust – private investigator Delilah Percy Powers.
As Delilah and her staff of female detectives – a militant homemaker, an ex-headmistress and a former stripper – delve into Miriam’s life, they become submerged in an underworld of unfathomable cruelty and greed with implications that go far beyond the gruesome death of one woman or the boundaries of one country. Eventually Miriam’s fight for justice becomes Delilah’s own . . . and Delilah’s obsession with finding the truth may prove just as deadly.
About the Author:
W. A. Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. The Seduction of Miriam Cross, to be published by E-Lit Books this fall, is the first in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series. She has also authored Killer Image (Henery Press, October 2013), the first novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series.
This book is purported to be the first in a series about a women's detective agency headed by Delilah Percy Powers. I do so hope that is the case. Delilah and her co-workers, an ex-nun, ex-stripper and a supposedly simple housewife work together to solve the cases brought to them. This time a former client comes in with concerns regarding the murder of her aunt - Miriam Cross, a famous writer. As Delilah delves into the case we learn more about Miriam than perhaps we want to know. We also slowly get to know the histories of the women of the firm.
The story is a page turner full of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. In fact the last revelation caught me completely by surprise. You have to love that in a thriller/suspense novel. The characters are are well developed and while Ms. Tyson gave us a fair bit of their histories I feel there is still a lot more to learn and I WANT to learn it. I found myself completely immersed in this book and even though the topics covered were not always pleasant the writing was so good I was able to get passed the evil characters and focus on the good. For how can one have a thriller without bad people?
If you are looking for a really good mystery/thriller with a great cast of female characters (and a couple of strong men thrown in for good measure) this is definitely the book to pick up; it's thought provoking, entertaining, thrilling and just damn good.
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