The Untimely Death of Lynette Dubois

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
148 Pages
Reviewed on 10/24/2018
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In The Untimely Death of Lynette Dubois by Pete Harrison, the year is 1917 and blood is being spilled in the trenches, causing death and destruction to many young soldiers. Royal Air Corps officer Peter has fallen in love with local French girl Lynette Dubois, much to the annoyance of her violent and possessive father. When Lynette is found dead, suspicion falls onto Peter. Meanwhile, in London, police officer George Rathbone’s life is growing more complicated by the day. When George hears of Peter's plight, the close bond they share is rekindled and he travels to France to ensure justice is done and the real culprit of the crime is caught. With so many secrets and hidden agendas from the local people, and George himself, will the murderer and their motives ever be uncovered?

I thoroughly enjoyed this endearing story for many reasons. The author has created such a rich tapestry of plots that entwine into each other perfectly. Each of the characters has great depth and realism and even the dialogue is so authentic for the time period. There had clearly been in-depth research into the era of the story and you are transported back to the days of the First World War and into the mindset of the soldiers and people of that time. The author writes in a beautifully descriptive manner that sparks all of your senses. The twists and turns of the plot kept me fully engaged until I had finished the book. The ending could not have been better either. This book ticks all the boxes for a superb romance, murder mystery, and historical novel.