Death Illuminated

A Compton and Murray Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/18/2022
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Detective Sergeant Matthew Compton of the Kent C.I.D was relieved to retain his position after being involved, together with his senior, Detective Sergeant Jacob Murray, in a botched-up murder investigation. After being reassigned to a new boss, Compton is sent to investigate an assault case at a local petrol station. Since there was no real victim nor was a report filed of the assault, Compton’s new boss insists that he abandon the case. With CCTV footage and a paper with unusual writing as his only leads, Compton decides to pursue the investigation. Exactly what was shown in the footage? Simultaneously, Compton’s former boss Murray is assigned a case involving the alleged murder of a top employee at a financial firm. Interestingly, Murray also retrieves a paper with strange writing from the crime scene. What exactly was on the paper and were Compton’s and Murray’s cases linked? Get yourself Beth Savoie’s Death Illuminated: A Compton and Murray Mystery and the second installment in the series to know how it all goes down.

Grab a bag of popcorn and sit back in your favorite spot because once you flip through the first page of Beth Savoie’s compelling read, you will only stop at the end. If you are looking for a mystery murder novel laced with spell-binding plot twists, Death Illuminated is a must-read for you. Savoie hinges her narration on romance, crime, family feuds, generational trauma, love affairs, dirty secrets, deception, and distrust. She kept me on edge with thrills, tension, and suspense. The subtle tone in the narration had me enthralled. Just when I thought I had a case figured out, the story picked up the pace and moved in another direction. The depictions of the scenes were impressively vivid. They made the reading experience feel like watching a small-town murder and sleuth movie. I loved how the author developed the cast with traits and emotions and made their chemistry palpable. Compton is a genius of a detective who is haunted by his troubled past. I’m looking forward to reading more of Savoie’s work.

Alma Boucher

It is Detective Sergeant Matthew Compton’s first new assignment after an incident. Compton had lied to DI Murray about a witness and Murray’s life was put in danger. Compton had saved Murray’s life, but they did not trust each other after the event. As a result, Murray requested not to work with Compton anymore. Compton is called to investigate an assault at Morrison's Petrol Station. Byron saw that the garbage bins were turned over and looked at the video footage to see what happened. He saw the assault and phoned it in. There was no victim to interview, and the assault was never reported. Later, a body is found at Channing Financial Group. Murray asks Compton for help with examining the evidence he found, and they end up working together in Death Illuminated: A Compton and Murray Mystery by Beth Savoie.

Death Illuminated by Beth Savoie has an interesting and exciting plot. The story is fast-paced and full of action. I was intrigued from the first page as the suspense made the story more powerful. I could not turn the pages fast enough as I had to know what would happen next. With all the twists and turns there was never a dull moment. Compton's and Murray’s investigations were related separately. It was easy to follow, and the chapters flowed into each other. The characters were authentic and I could relate to them. They were strong throughout the story and described in a way so that they felt like ordinary people I know. The story is excellently written and held my attention. The events were descriptive and felt real, and there was more to this story than I expected.

Liz Konkel

Death Illuminated by Beth Savoie is a Compton and Murray Mystery. Matthew Compton's recent choices have landed him in a bit of hot water and could potentially put his career in jeopardy, yet somehow he manages to keep his position. Now he has a new partner in D.I. Frank Harper. He gets put onto a new case investigating assaults on prostitutes that share one commonality – strange messages that send him to an even stranger source. Meanwhile, Jacob Murray is facing his own predicaments after no longer being Matthew's partner. Tackling a mysterious case, he's sent after a murderer that leaves behind weird clues. Matthew and Jacob soon discover that their cases share a culprit that finds them reuniting in a race to stop the next attack before the victim is someone close to them.

Both characters are well-rounded with relatable flaws and attributes that make connections easy to form with them. Shifting between their perspectives, Beth Savoie explores their opinions of each other while also weaving two threads of mystery that begin separately before being woven together by the end. The mystery is intricately crafted as two separate cases are cleverly written in which two sides slowly draw you into one case and push these two characters back together. Savoie weaves a little irony into the story as the two men are relieved at being apart only to then need to work together. The mystery draws you in through the characters of Matthew and Murray as they work to solve a murder, assaults, and strange messages that lead to a surprising killer. A finely crafted mystery, Death Illuminated weaves a well-crafted plot with engaging characters, cryptic clues, and a thrilling conclusion.