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Another five star review… from Reader’s Favorite!

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Dead Man Talking
An Alisa Sharpe Mystery
by Jim Overturf
Fiction – Mystery – Sleuth
312 Pages
Reviewed on 02/16/2014

 

 

 Book Review -Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers’ Favorite

In the prologue to Dead Man Talking: An Alisa Sharpe Mystery by Jim Overturf, we first meet James Monroe Taeggardt, the millionaire owner of multiple tire stores. J.M., or “Big Jim” as he is known to some, is preparing to record cassettes twelve and thirteen of a confession. It is obvious that Big Jim is feeling remorse for something he has done and wants to wipe the slate clean by telling the truth and naming his accomplices. As the prologue ends, we hear the beginning of the confession as J.M. begins talking. In the first chapter, we meet private eye Alisa Sharpe as she is closing one case. Alisa is an ex-cop turned private eye when she was required to leave the police force due to injury. Alisa is approached by her boss to look into the death of Big Jim. His death has been ruled a suicide, but Taeggardt’s sister, Hedda, is convinced that J.M. was murdered. Alisa takes the case and the wild ride begins!Dead Man Talking is a wonderful mystery with references to great literature, the Bible, and secret codes. As the reader, we know that the tapes exist. The mystery for us is not whether or not J.M. was murdered since we know early in the book that he could not have committed suicide. Instead, the fun in this mystery is the twists and turns that the book takes as Alisa and a great cast of characters unravel the mystery and learn the truth behind Big Jim’s death. There are lots of unexpected surprises and very well developed characters in this mystery. Dead Man Talking is highly recommended!
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