Dead Week

A Cassandra Sato Mystery Book 2

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
249 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2020
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Author Biography

KELLY BRAKENHOFF is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. Her first novel, DEATH BY DISSERTATION, kicked off the Cassandra Sato Mystery Series, followed by DEAD WEEK. She also wrote NEVER MIND, first in a children’s picture book series featuring Duke the Deaf Dog. She serves on the Board of Editors for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf publication, VIEWs. The mother of four young adults and two dogs, Kelly and her husband call Nebraska home.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Dead Week by Kelly Brakenhoff is the second book in the Cassandra Sato Mystery series. A few months have passed since the death of a deaf student on campus and Cassandra put her career on the line to solve the mystery. Now Cassandra has a new challenge on her hands. The deaf students on campus are gathering together to spearhead a campaign for deaf advocacy. Rachel is one of Cassandra’s student workers that is leading the charge, which gains national attention that may not agree with everyone on campus or her own family. Rachel digs into her own family origins but someone seems to have targeted her when an accident lands her in the hospital. Cassandra is determined to look into the matter herself to ensure that no harm befalls her students and to ensure that Rachel doesn’t get in over her head while she juggles how best to advocate for a campus-wide change to better benefit deaf students.

Kelly Brakenhoff delivers an addictive second installment in the Cassandra Sato Mystery series. The latest mystery takes a closer look at the deaf community which Brakenhoff highlights through the various ways they’re trying to make life easier on campus. Brakenhoff gives a voice to this community to educate readers about the realities that the deaf community faces. These actions play a key role in the mystery and the struggles Cassandra faces in her job. Family is another important aspect in the story that Brakenhoff explores through Rachel’s determination to dig into her mother’s origins. This mystery delves into unexpected places that take Cassandra into a past incident involving the affair of a professor and shocking familial secrets. Humor is woven throughout that gives a lightness to the story and balances out the tension of the mystery. Dead Week is an exciting read that has humor and heart with a journey about family and an honest inside look at the deaf community. This makes the latest Cassandra Sato mystery ideal for every mystery lover.