Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Death mirrors art
Sometimes it's obvious that the author is having fun with a particular story. Such is the case with "The Death Dealer" by Heather Graham.
The Ravens are members of a society dedicated to reading and studying the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
When one member of the society is murdered and another survives a serious auto accident, Genevieve O'Brien asks her friend, P.I. Joe Connolly to investigate.
Genevieve knows about horror and killing since she survived being held prisoner by a crazed killer.
The newspapers refer to the case as the Poe Killings and Genevieve fears that her mother could be the next victim.
To add fun to the story, the author uses phrases and titles of Poe's works as she takes us through the story. In one scene, a psychic tells of imagining a man who caused the auto accident and concludes her statement to the police. A word came to her, "Nevermore."
Joe works on the case and also gets help from a number of people who had died, including his cousin and his cousin's fiance.
The story is a quick read and doubly entertaining due to the author's play on words, telling a story that mirrors Poe's story and weaving together interesting characters.
There isn't much suspense but the story is well written and worth reading.
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