Deception's Sins

A Roger Sundbee Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - General
114 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2015
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Author Biography

For some folks dyslexia is a curse. For me it's been a blessing. Not being able to read or write until the age of ten forced me to express myself through acting. At the Stephens College playhouse in Missouri I fell in love with an actor – a married actor. (Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott)
We were talented, young, strong, and sure we’d find success in New York. George did find it. I found myself pregnant. George wanted me to abort the baby. I refused.
My friend Tammy Grimes, who later became a two-time Tony Award winner (The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives) helped me find the Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers outside of Boston, where I gave birth to our daughter. Watch for my play, Bad Girl, based on that experience, scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2014.)
George went on to become a famous film actor. I acted in regional theatre, while raising our daughter and three sons through two failed marriages.
Years later George returned to my life (Hello Again). He left again in 1982.
A few years later I met Richard, a talented musician and great husband.
After learning from my family history of the hardships and joys of the early 1900’s, I wrote Saturday Night Dance Club.
After living several years in Terre Haute, Indiana and North Conway New Hampshire, near the home of Peyton Place author Grace Metalious, I was inspired to write Freedom's Sins.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Deception’s Sins: A Roger Sundbee Mystery is a murder mystery written by Karen Truesdell Riehl. Roger Sundbee arrived on Deception Island after a failed attempt at writing a tell-all book about the residents of Freedom, Indiana, where he worked at the Country Club as a tennis pro, and in the wake of threats made by the father of one of his many conquests in Chicago where he worked for the Tribune. A friend had told him about the small island located off the coast of Washington, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. He was on his best behavior on the island as the community it sheltered was small and insular. A position at the local newspaper was not forthcoming; however, the local realtor, Luke Epping had offered him a position at his office. Luke and his wife, Margery, had recently lost their son, Lucas, in Vietnam. Roger was about the same age as Lucas would have been, and the couple began to feel as though he were like a son. When Roger is the last person to see Zeke, an elderly island resident, in a local pub before his body is found the next day with a rope around his neck, Roger is the police’s number one suspect.

Karen Truesdell Riehl’s murder mystery, Deception’s Sins: A Roger Sundbee Mystery, is a droll and witty story that has a fascinating location and a rich historical backdrop. I loved the hint of buried treasure which begins when Luke and Roger explore the vacant land adjoining Quentin Forbes’ land. Roger finds a gold coin and was saddened by the tale of the ill-starred romance between Willis Stokes and Gertie, who still sits on the porch of the house Willis built for her with her father’s guitar in her hand and wearing her mother’s shawl. Riehl has a gift for description, and she makes each person living on Deception Island seem like real beings with their own histories and dreams. The historical details she weaves into the plot are marvelous. I enjoyed reading Deception’s Sins and hope to read other stories starring the multi-talented Roger Sundbee. This historically themed mystery is highly recommended.

Tracy Slowiak

There’s just nothing I love more than a good mystery. And a good mystery that’s written by an author I haven’t read before, that’s even more exciting. That’s just what I had when I started Deception’s Sins, the new book by author Karen Truesdell Riehl, following the story of the intrepid tennis pro, Roger Sundbee, as he adjusts to his new life on Deception Island, a small place only ten minutes by ferry from Seattle. Integrating an eccentric cast of characters, including Laurie Mills, the hairdresser who’s fallen hard for Roger, Quentin Forbes, the island’s richest citizen and a man only concerned with himself and his own well-being, Danny Foster, a man with sexual secrets he strives to keep hidden, and Zeke Perry, the island’s coroner and eventual murder victim. Roger was the last person to see Zeke before his body was discovered, and now finds himself in the unenviable position of having to prove his innocence and save his own life.

Deception’s Sins was a great short read. Clocking in at just over 80 pages, the story has no room to spare, and the action starts from the get-go. This book was a fun and exciting read, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed all the quirky characters and felt that author Karen Truesdell Riehl did an excellent job with their development, especially that of lead character Roger Sundbee. This book would appeal to any reader who enjoys mysteries, short stories, or is just looking for a great short read to while away an hour. I am very much looking forward to the next work by this author, and hope that she is hard at work on the next installment of the Roger Sundbee Mystery series.

Jessyca Garcia

Karen Truesdell Riehl’s Deception's Sins is a good book. The story follows the lives of the residents of Deception Island. When murders start occurring the residents are on edge and Roger Sundbee is the main suspect. The reader is then able to experience each person’s point of view on the murders as well as other events that are occurring.

There are a lot of things going on in Deception's Sins for it being such a short book. There is a hunt for pirate treasure, memories of an old murder, a potential serial killer and much more. At times I was not sure what story to focus on the most, but it mostly all came together at the end. I liked that Riehl wrote from each character’s point of view and that I was able to see what was occurring in their life. The story did seem to end rather quickly, but Riehl did explain what happened to the key characters. However I was left with a couple questions as to what exactly happened with certain characters. Overall, I did enjoy the book and would like to read more from this series.

Deception's Sins is the second book in the Roger Sundbee Mystery series and the first one I have read. The first book is Freedom's Sins. If you like a story that has a little bit of everything going on, then this is the book for you. My only advice is to pay attention so you do not miss anything.