Saturday, 19 November 2016

Review of The Necessary Deaths by David C. Dawson

I was lucky enough to be invited to David's book launch for his new book. I think Chris London and I cornered the market in sushi and champagne. 

Buylink: DSP Publications | Amazon


A young journalism student lies unconscious in a hospital bed in Brighton, England. His life hangs in the balance after a drug overdose. But was it attempted suicide or attempted murder? The student’s mother persuades British lawyer Dominic Delingpole to investigate, and Dominic enlists the aid of his outspoken opera singer partner, Jonathan McFadden.

The student’s boyfriend discovers compromising photographs hidden in his lover’s room. The photographs not only feature senior politicians and business chiefs, but the young journalist himself. Is he being blackmailed, or is he the blackmailer?

As Dominic and Jonathan investigate further, their lives are threatened and three people are murdered. They uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of government and powerful corporations. The people behind it are ruthless, and no one can be trusted. The bond between Dominic and Jonathan deepens as they struggle not only for answers, but for their very survival.

Review: I bought The Necessary Deaths and settled on my sofa with coffee and the doggies for an afternoon of mystery heaven. I wasn't disappointed at all. David C. Dawson deftly weaves a complex tale, both with the case and the relationship between Dominic and Jonathan.

If I say this is an old-fashioned mystery, it's not a criticism at all. I grew up on British mysteries like this. The reluctant investigator, and the partner that throws himself into the case, sometimes over-enthusiastically. The secondary characters that are rich and complex too. Yes, they fitted certain stereotypes, but they fitted the book perfectly. I didn't guess the ending, and Mr Dawson, that is a rare occurrence.

I took time to warm to Dominic and Jonathan, but by the end I was rooting for them and had invested in their lives. That was the joy of this book. I really look forward to the next story.

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