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Death Duties: A Port Silva Mystery    by Janet LaPierre order for
Death Duties
by Janet LaPierre
Order:  USA  Can
Perseverance Press, 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Mackellars mother Patience and daughter Verity characters in Janet LaPierre's latest book Death Duties, quickly became my next door neighbors. As I read of their exploits, I felt a part of the book, almost as if I was there with them as they investigated a thirty year-old molestation charge.

Christina Larson asked the private investigating team of Patience and Verity to clear her grandfather's name of what she considers a lie. Rocks are overturned and obnoxious creatures crawl out. Patience is approached by another woman to find her long-lost niece. Pieces of a puzzle begin to fit neatly together and the pace quickens. Death Duties is tightly written by a master of prose - and dialogue. The setting, the California coast, is impeccably described. I can finally see the draw for people to want to live there. Action leaps from one page to the next. Suspense rears its head. There's a love angle with an unusual twist or maybe not that unusual.

It is hard to describe how comfortable I felt between the covers of this book - as though a friend was telling me the story in her own words. Death Duties is a story to read, savor, and recommend to your friends.

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