A Taste for Murder

A Taste For MurderA Taste For Murder by Burl Barer

Frank Rodriguez, a much-loved counselor of troubled teens, lies dead on the bedroom floor. His wife and step-daughter are in shock, and so is the medical examiner when he performs the autopsy. Aside from being dead, Frank is in perfect health.

Demanding to know the cause of her husband’s death, Angie Rodriguez badgers the police, insisting that Frank was murdered. The cops attribute her assertions to overwhelming grief, but soon they too believe that Frank didn’t die of natural causes.

When the police enlist their number one suspect to help in the investigation, things spiral out of control until police are dealing with a daring plot to murder Angie’s best friend, and allegations of another homicide so evil and perverse that even seasoned L.A County Detectives are shocked beyond belief … and so will the readers!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quick read, that will make you wonder how much you really know about the people around you. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The author was a bit heavy on inserting themselves into the story via interjection of personal opinion, but otherwise, the facts were there and the flow of the story worked well. I do understand that it was intended to be a rather conversational book rather than a boring recount of documented events, so I suppose that is why it comes across as opinionated.

The central figure in this book is a truly awful person that will make you thank your lucky stars that she is not your mum, sister, daughter, friend or worst case scenario, wife. I was disgusted by her actions, and as far as the possibility that she committed the earlier crime mentioned in the book, well, it really wouldn’t surprise me.

I believe this book is so striking, because it is not fiction. To think that there are people in the world that would go to such lengths to obtain what they want is disturbing and terrifying. This book takes you on a journey through the life and mind of a person who was damaged at an early age, and never recovered. If you are sensitive to things that are sexual in nature, this might be a book that you want to prepare yourself for.

Mostly, I thought this was a really good read with a lot to recommend it. I would definitely give it a solid four stars for the way it was written, the intrigue that the writing style created and the fact checking. However, it lost a star for me near the end when the central figure was compared to a well-known, overweight, Star Wars character. Professional? I think not.

Interesting read.

This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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