Book Review: “A Sporting Murder” by Lesley A. Diehl

July 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Lesley A. Diehl in her new book, “a sporting murder book coverA Sporting Murder” Book Three in the  Eve Appel Mystery series published by Camel Press gives us a new adventure with Eve Appel.

From the back cover:   It’s smooth sailing for Eve Appel and her friend Madeleine, owners of Second to None Consignment Shop in rural Florida’s Sabal Bay, land of swamps, cowboys, and lots and lots of ’gators. Eve and her detective boyfriend Alex have joined Madeleine and her new beau David Wilson for a pleasure cruise on his boat. But cloudy, dangerous waters lie ahead. A near fatal encounter with Blake Reed, David’s supremely nasty neighbor, is soon followed by a shooting death on the dividing line between David and Blake’s land. Both men run sport-hunting reserves, but Blake imports “exotics” from Africa and promotes gator killing, while David stays within the law, pointing clients toward the abundant quail and turkey as well as the wild pigs that ravage the landscape. Nevertheless, when a mutual client is killed, it is David who is arrested and charged with murder.

Blake’s nastiness is only exceeded by that of his wife, Elvira, who forces Eve and Madeleine out of their shop, intending to replace it with a consignment shop of her own. It seems that bad luck looms over them all, even Eve’s brawny and hard-to-resist Miccosukee Indian friend Sammy, whose nephew has disappeared. As the case against David grows stronger and his friends’ misfortunes multiply, Eve and her strange and diverse group of friends, including her ex, a mobster, her grandma, and Sammy’s extended family, band together to take on the bad guys. But the waters are getting muddier and more troubled, and Eve and Madeleine may end up inundated in every sense of the word.

Book 3 in the Eve Appel Mystery series, which began with A Secondhand Murder and continued with Dead in the Water.

If you look in The Dictionary under “Interesting” you will find an entry for this book. Ms. Diehl has provided us with a great character in Eve Appel and she does get involved in some interesting cases. Let me recommend you start this book early as you will want to finish it before you go to sleep which means you will sacrifice sleep of you start late. “A Sporting Murder” is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Eve is trying to identify the killer. “A Sporting Murder” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. I am already looking forward until the next book in this series comes out.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Camel Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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