First, this is not a bad book. It is a short read, the story of a family law attorney who suddenly finds herself out of her depth when her nephew, Adam, an Asperger’s Syndrome sufferer, is accused of murder. A gentle child, Adam isn’t a violent person, and Jamie is determined to not only help protect Adam, but to find the real killer.
The author is an attorney and mediator, and it shows in her work. I think that is my problem with the book. It is “tell” rather than “show,” and contains the kind of dry material that isn’t truly appropriate in a fiction book. While I am very familiar with ‘legalese’ the fact that she used the online site for the Florida Secretary of State Corporations to locate who owned the victim’s business, and exactly how she searched for the corporation, really doesn’t add to the storyline. This is a first-person narrative, which can be interesting at times, but first-person needs to be creative in order to pull it off.
Overall, as I said this is a short read, and a good way to while away a bit of time. Hard mystery lovers will find it too light and fluffy, while the first-person narrative and stilted presentation makes it hard to read as a ‘cozy.’ The thing is, the story has good bones. It could have been better, and I hope the author finds her stride.
If you are interested in a good murder mystery that includes a detective with Asperger’s Syndrome, Carolyn McCray’s Detective Robi Darcmel is brilliantly done.
I received this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.