Author: Amy Manemann
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Date Published: 2012
Recommended Age: Adult
Reviewed By: Engelia McCullough, http://engeliamccullough.weebly.com/blog.html
Rating (Scale of 1-5): 4
Where I got the book: World Literary Cafe
With the second book of the Deadly series, Deadly Science, author Amy Manemann brings back the inquisitive investigative reporter with big city ideas, Taci Andrews. In the small town of Riverdale, located in Iowa, Taci is back to work after busting a major drug ring that has put her name on the lips of everyone in town. Taci has the quick wit of Matlock with a hint of MacGyver meaning that she’s always equipped with a theory and just when you think she’s down and out, Taci fashions the key to a case that breaks it wide open.
Her next case involving a questionable Dr. Quiliam is told in the first person and falls into her lap after a strange double coincidence. The story begins with a prologue that is a little confusing but Manemann explains the situation on page fifteen so the reader is not left hanging for too long. By page twenty-one, the reader is more clearly introduced to the element of romance between Taci and Tony Parsons, the pretty boy EMT. This is a mystery book but Manemann breaks up the suspense with some comic relief brought to the reader by way of Corey, The Riverdale Times receptionist who enjoys live action roll playing. Set up as a tolerable odd character, Corey proves to be a useful ally to Taci in the twenty-fifth hour.
There are points in the book where there’s an increased focus on Taci’s love life and personal life. It can be distracting at times but gives the reader greater insight into what makes the reporter tick. Also, it might be beneficial to first time readers of the series. Solving the mystery of Dr. Quiliam is not the only puzzle Taci has to unravel. There are her feelings for Parsons and as her relationship with the EMT heats back up she finds herself wondering if a relationship with him is the right thing. This is a decision that may be made for her when as a cliffhanger Tony reveals to her who he really is.
Manemann does a good job of setting the tone for the book by page thirty. Deadly Science is a book with a quick climax and fast conclusion. If you enjoy a good mystery with a strong female protagonist Deadly Science is the book for you. To find out what the deal is with the elusive Dr. Quiliam and who Tony Parsons really is, you’ll have to read the book.