Web of Deceit

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Web of Deceit

An Ella Marconi Mystery

I love a good mystery and I found one reading “Web of Deceit” by Katherine Howell, an Ellen Marconi Mystery. This book is set in Australia, which gave it a different feel. The phrases and names for objects were sometimes different than I am accustomed to in the United States. I particularly enjoyed the way the author combined three different story lines in the novel. Instead of being irritating, which I thought it might be when I started the book, it kept me interested to the last chapter. Ms. Howell’s writing is sometimes graphic and intense, but her deceit characters are shown to be strong and dedicated, but also compassionate and caring. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Book Blurb for Web of Deceit

Shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction

Often compared to Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell, prize-winning author Katherine Howell thrills readers in this gripping novel featuring a determined homicide detective and a team of emergency medics.

When frantic man refuses to leave the car that witnesses say he deliberately crashed, paramedics Jane and Alex think it's a desperate cry for help. But his paranoid claims that someone is out to get him only confirm official reports that he is delusional.

When he is indeed found dead in what looks like a suicide, Jane is uneasy: she remembers the raw terror in his eyes.

Detective Ella Marconi shares these doubts, which are compounded as the case becomes increasingly tangled. The victim's boss tries to commit suicide, a witness flees, and closer to home, a woman is attacked in front of Jane's house. Then Alex's daughter goes missing.

As Ella tries to add up the clues, the investigation is hampered by her budget-focused boss. Then, just when she thinks she's closing in, a shocking turn of events endangers more people, and Ella just may see the killer slip through her hands.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2016 4.00