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Dead Like Me
Detective Kate Springer Series
Written by Kelly MillerGenre: Mystery
Roberta P.'s Review
I’m jealous of authors who convincingly write police procedurals. Conveying technical information without either A: boring the reader or B: insulting the reader, is a difficult task, and I do not envy such authors the monumental task.
Ms. Miller did an excellent job of walking that line in this novel. Sure, there were a couple of moments where I thought “Wouldn’t a coroner say ‘lividity’?” or “That bit of conversation came across as somewhat stilted.” And there was one actual “As you know, Bob,” moment. But these moments were neither tragic nor terrible, and I breezed by them with no concern.
The deeper I went into this novel, the more it held me. I didn’t always like the character of Detective Kate Springer – didn’t always like her choices, and sometimes found her a little bit of a bitch. But the way in which Ms. Miller peels off her layers had me empathising with the character, and I found myself forgiving Springer for everything that annoyed. She’s strong. She’s smart. She’s a survivor.
Coming off imposed leave for a justifiable shooting, Springer is thrown right into a homicide investigation, wherein the thirteen-year-old victim is a dead ringer for Springer at that age. As Springer [in first person narrative] reveals her own history as a victim of a pedophile, I marvelled at the ability of such people to move on – to recover – from such a past. The answer is: Not all do.
Ms. Miller makes no excuses for her protagonist, yet when Springer makes a move, the reader [under the author’s careful guidance] understands the why of it. There is angst, but not overwrought. The character is mature, still battling demons, but constantly growing. Winning. And as the novel built to its dramatic and thrilling climax, I rooted for Springer one hundred percent.
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