David S. Pederson
- Title: Death Comes Darkly
- Author: David S. Pederson
- ISBN: 9781626396265
- Page: 441
- Format: ebook
Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes Down to earth, noble, and na ve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience Heath s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he anCan a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes Down to earth, noble, and na ve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience Heath s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious, isolated estate They search for clues and uncover long buried secrets of the weekend guests while keeping secrets of their own It s up to Heath to solve the mystery and convince Alan that some secrets aren t worth keeping, and lust can lead to love.
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I don't remember when I read a classic mystery novel the last time, I almost forgot how much I enjoy it. How nice that there are authors who can deliver a solid historic mystery a là Agatha Christie though with its own style and soul.When detective Heath Barrington got unexpectedly an invitation to spend a weekend at the isolated summer estate of a wealthy industrialist at the Lake Geneva, he couldn't turn it down. Who would?!"My summer house has eight bedrooms, and though I am inviting other g [...]
Updated to note that the next book in the series is coming in April of 2017 - Death Goes Overboard. Looking forward to reading it! 4.5 stars. Death Comes Darkly has the feel of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, in which a group of people spend a weekend in a country estate, someone is murdered and everyone is a suspect. Set in 1947 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Detective Heath Barrington is invited by Dexter S. Darkly to spend a weekend at his isolated estate. Upon arrival, he meets the ex-Mrs. Da [...]
Murder during a house party in a secluded country house complete with a M. Poirot style denument at the finale, you know the one, where all the suspects are gathered around and the 'detective' exposes his theories.While Pederson's style is very 'tell' rather than show and quite boy scouty, it still kept me interested in reading to see what path he was going to take at the end.
And then there were seven.Death Comes DarklyBy David S. PedersonBold Strokes Books, April 2016ASIN: B01E66ZEFY201 pagesFour starsCharming and witty, this unapologetic homage to Agatha Christie—written not only from an American perspective, but with a gay central character—is a lot of fun. Heath Barrington is a Milwaukee police detective. His sweetheart is a Milwaukee cop, Alan Keyes. While conscious of the dangers of being gay in late-1940s America, these men are comfortable in their own ski [...]
A lovely to read mystery in a classic whodunnit style.I enjoyed this. It reminds me of the Agatha Christie style mysteries where there is a group of people gathered in a house, or a train, or village; all of whom have the motive to murder, and any one of them have the opportunity to do it.But instead of Inspector Poirot and Hastings we have Detective Heath Barrington and his friend and fellow policeman Alan Keyes. Well Alan is more than a friend because not only is there a murder but there is al [...]
Agatha Christie meets gay Cluedo - LOL! No seriously, I really enjoyed this book a lot. Why? Well, first of all it was a thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end. A detective story in the best Agatha Christie tradition with all the trimmings. Detective Heath Barrington is invited to a weekend at a country residence by a billionaire after he saw a report about the successful conclusion of Heath’s last case. Heath needing a break decides to go with his lover who is also a policeman fro [...]
I started reading this and stopped at around 20% as I wasn’t excited about it. I picked it up and started all over again and HOLY CRAP I WAS HOOKED! I'm not that much of a crime fan when it comes to books. I prefer to watch a good crime series, like criminal minds or something similar because some part of me always assumed that a crime book would not be able to show the crime scene without going overboard with descriptions.In a sense, this is my first crime book, and wow I seriously underestim [...]
When Detective Heath Barrington makes the headlines for solving a crime, he captures the attention of philanthropist Dexter Darkly. Heath is invited to Mr. Darkly’s estate on Lake Geneva, and has a chance to bring a companion with him. He invites police officer and love interest, Alan Keys, with the hope of getting to know Alan better.Mr. Darkly wants to make amends so has also invited various relatives, exes and in-laws to his estate for the weekend—and there’s one guest who has invited h [...]
It's 1947 America and Detective Heath Barrington is invited for the weekend to a secluded house with several other guests. Then one of them is found dead.Took a while for the death to appear in the story, before this there did seem to be a lot of description and not a lot happening. An easy readA NetGalley book
I didn't enjoy this as much as I had anticipated from reading the synopsis and the reviews. Most mysteries leave me trying to guess the killer right up to the very end but I can honestly say I knew what was going on here almost from the beginning.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for a honest review. My first book by this author and first MM book I’ve read through Bold Strokes Books.I was going to add a comment about how I normally read lesbian romance fiction through Bold Strokes Books, both in relation to the MM nature of the book, and to the mystery. But then I looked it up. I’ve read at least 14 mysteries through Bold Strokes Books – granted the vast majority of those books are in [...]
If you like “Agatha Christie” types of mysteries you will love this book. Set in the post World War II 1940s, closeted gay detective Heath Barrington sets out to solve the murder of a reclusive, wealthy man at a secluded lake house. The plot contains all the elements of a good Christie mystery - a set of eccentric suspects who all have a motive for murder, a forbidding location that soon gets cut off from outside contact and a dashing, intelligent detective present to solve the mystery. Othe [...]
Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder? Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes. Down-to-earth, noble, and naïve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience. Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious, isolated estate. They search for c [...]
3.5*A ‘closed room’ murder investigation in a country house weekend style setting. This had the Christie-esque hallmarks with unusual setting, a host of hostile suspects, lots of theories and a tenacious detective!Set shortly after WW2, a lot of the action seems tame now and techniques are rudimentary to modern eyes. I did enjoy the trip back to less enlightened times - the thought that television wouldn’t catch on and that the common cold would be cured by 1950!Heath and Alan are already [...]
I liked this. At times it got kind of slow and somewhat cheezy and during the final reveal at the end I got frustrated with Heath but overall it's a cute fast read. The mystery itself reminds of Agatha Christie meets the Westling Game. I'll definitely read the next and see if I feel more strongly about the series one way or the other
** 4.5 Stars **An old fashioned cozy mystery where the romance takes a backseat. Loved the writing, the historical setting (It's 1947 America) and the very "Agatha Christie-esque" atmosphere. Recommended!
I enjoyed this book. Very charming mystery and nice easy read for a Saturday. I look forward to more books from this author!
Ho hum, could have been better with more interaction between the detective and policeman lovers.
By David S. Pederson (MM/Mystery)A copy of this book was provided to me by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.***3 STARS***Hmm, this book reminds me of that game Clue, which was also a movie. It's a "who done it" mystery and Heath Barrington, big city detective, is right in the middle of it. He gets invited to some rich big wigs house and boom, there's a murder mystery that happens a little later than usual in the book. Now, the writing was great, it had a classic detective 194 [...]
Four and a half stars rounded up to five.When I started this book I immediately thought of ‘And then there were none’ by Agatha Christie. A group of people are invited to spend the weekend in an isolated house. Most of the characters are known to each other but the main character, Heath, is unfamiliar. He is invited because of a case that he worked as a police officer on but there maybe a different reason all together.There is an atmosphere of the classic whodunit which I really love. The bo [...]
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