Fatal Forty-Eight

The Kate Huntington Mysteries Book 7

Fiction - Thriller - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 12/05/2014
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Author Biography

Writing and psychology have always vied for first place on Kassandra Lamb’s Greatest Passions list. In her youth, she had to decide between writing and paying the bills. Partial to electricity and food, she studied psychology. Now retired from a career as a psychotherapist and college professor, she spends most of her time in an alternate universe with her protagonist and alter ego, Kate Huntington. The magical portal to this universe (i.e., her computer) is located in Florida, where Kassandra’s husband and dog catch occasional glimpses of her.

Kass is currently working on the 8th Kate Huntington Mystery and the 3rd Kate on Vacation novella (a parallel series of cozy mysteries with the same characters).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Fatal Forty-Eight: A Kate Huntington Mystery by Kassandra Lamb is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last word is read. Sally is drugged and kidnapped. Charles, her fiancé, is devastated by her disappearance when he arrives to pick her up for her surprise retirement dinner. He realizes she has been forcefully taken from her office. Friends Skip, a PI, his wife Kate and Judith Anderson, the local police detective, are quickly joined by the FBI. Within a short while they realize the perpetrator is a psychopathic serial killer who in the past has held his captive for 48 hours and then killed them. The law enforcement and civilians break up into small groups and search for clues as to where Sally is being held. Sally wakes to find herself in a small, windowless room with her feet tied and her body in a straight jacket. The story is broken down into hour by hour descriptions and the tension, fright, and anxiety jump off of each page and became so very real.

Fatal Forty-Eight was a really good story that was hard to put down. I felt as though I was along on the search and couldn’t rest until I'd helped rescue Sally. Kassandra Lamb has written six previous Kate Huntington books which I have not read, but Fatal Forty-Eight stands alone as a good, suspenseful read. I particularly liked the hour by hour breakdown and the jumping back and forth from Sally to her rescuers, a technique that was very smooth and naturally done. Lamb does not waste a lot of time describing the kidnapper, but instead focuses on the kidnapped and the emotions of those trying to find her; it was a refreshing and different approach that worked very well. I highly recommend all mystery fans to read Fatal Forty-Eight - they will not be disappointed.