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The Deadlier Sin


Loved it! 😍

A gripping tale of a missing girl that leads hard-nosed PI Walter to unearth a sinister plot.

Walter Blunt, an ex-cop and high-priced private detective in Adelaide finishes off on a case of a husband’s infidelity. His next clients are not what he is used to. The Burrowes are desperate to find their missing daughter Lucy, whose three-month disappearance has baffled police.

The more Walter digs, the dirtier and twisted the trail gets. From drug dealers, to drugged encounters and beatings. To uncover what happened to Lucy he has to practice what he does best, leading him to discover some disturbing evidence that points to the psychopathy of the potential killer.

He may have found his guy, but now he needs to prove it. The odds are stacked against him, and he has only a short time to uncover the truth before a killer might be sent free.

It is a solid mystery where Walter goes from person to person gathering information about the missing girl, and building a bigger picture of why she might have disappeared. Conflicting accounts from the parents, best friend and police make it difficult for Walter to pinpoint motive.

Walter’s character is a mix of ‘typical brash Aussie’ to a man that tries to pretend he doesn’t care, yet still has a bit of a heart. A hard-nosed ex-cop that has little time for fluffing about, his attitude at times puts people’s nose out of joint.

Part of the suspense is definitely after they caught someone, and having to dwell into this person’s psyche, then another twist in the plot drives it in another direction. The first part of the story was a bit slow with a lot of questioning and character development; however, it found its footing and turned out to be a really good suspenseful mystery. 

And then… the story jumps to surprising narratives that left me thinking, damn that was a good twist. Taking the story from one direction to another. 

Oh yes. The ending was fantastic. Surprising. Suspenseful. Satisfying. Exactly what I enjoy reading in a thriller/mystery. You think you have all the pieces, you think you’ve been told it all, then bang, you get hit with a bunch of twists and turns.

This is actually a 4 1/2 out of 5.

Anyone that enjoys a suspense mystery with a hard-nosed PI, will love this read. If you like Sherlock Holmes, well, get ready for Walter.

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Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs.


About the author

Hi, I'm Phillip Urmson and I live in Adelaide, South Australia. I'm the author of 'The Deadlier Sin', my first book of a series about technophobic private detective Walter Blunt, a contemporary mystery/crime novel in a classic style. view profile

Published on September 01, 2021

Published by Green Hill Publishing

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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