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Reviewed by Jessica Jesinghaus for Readers' Favorite
Killarney Traynor has crafted a masterful mystery with a robust cast of characters and a head-scratcher of a whodunit. Michael Lawrence: The Season of Darkness introduces us to homicide detective Michael Lawrence, a steadfast and bright investigator who is in the midst of a personal tragedy straight out of every parent's worst nightmares. When a beloved professor from the local college dies under suspicious circumstances, it takes everything Detective Lawrence has to keep his two worlds, personal and professional, apart. When one of his main suspects becomes his second murder victim in as many days, the tension really ratchets skyward!
Killarney Traynor provides a veritable feast for her readers with a bevy of characters to love, loathe, and suspect in this terrible crime: the famous author hesitantly returning to her alma matter as a guest lecturer... the owner of the local bookshop with obvious unrequited and lingering feelings for his college flame... the orphan whose father was killed in a tragic accident and who has a secret she’d do anything to keep... plus so many more! When I started Michael Lawrence: The Season of Darkness, I worried about the author’s ability to keep all the characters engaging and involved, but as the story wove on I found myself fully enveloped in their essences. Each character feels whole and fully realized. The mystery and the motives of all the players were well thought out and plausible. Overall, I found this a highly entertaining read and look forward to more works by Killarney Traynor.