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The Surest Poison by Chester D. Campbell

September 26th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to the author for sending this book!

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Description: Three seemingly unrelated murders crop up during the investigation of a decade-old chemical dump that plagues a rural community west of Nashville. PI Sid Chance, a former National Parks ranger whose career as a small town police chief was cut short by malicious accusations of bribery, pursues the case after being coaxed out of self-imposed exile by Jaz LeMieux, a wealthy ex-cop. Is the man responsible for the pollution dead or alive? Who is having Sid tailed and threatened? When Jaz helps with the investigation, she is awakened by an explosion behind her mansion. Is it related to the abduction of her retainers’ grandson, or Sid’s case? As the tension mounts, Sid finds himself confronting the unsavory people responsible for his past troubles.

I am having a hard time thinking of how exactly I felt about this book.  There was nothing necessarily wrong with it but I have to admit it did not engross me.  I actually ended up putting it down and picking it up several times to read other books in between.  One factor may have been I did not really find myself caring much about Sid Chance.  I found myself thinking several times that for  PI most of the deductions and findings seemed to come from the people around him.  In fact, Jaz seemed to do most of the work on this case.  That said I did like Jaz and it was nice to see a female place a prominent role in cracking this mystery.   I think Campbell put together a nice supporting cast that it would be nice to see more of.  Maybe Sid will grow on me in the next book.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Mystery

2 Responses

  1. Literary Feline

    Thanks for the review! I have this one on my stack to read and am hoping to get to it soon. I’ve read a few other books where the more minor characters seem to do more. I appreciate the head’s up as knowing often helps me form my expectations. I look forward to getting to know Jaz.

  2. dsuzuki

    I hope you enjoy it!

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