Purple Death – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘Sam tried to move his legs and instead fell in a crumpled heap on his office floor. He felt more than just ‘ill’ now. Fear gripped Sam while the sweat on his brow began to run down into his eyes. He felt a constriction in his chest, as if someone had suddenly placed an iron barrel ring around him and was tightening it by the second. The life was rapidly being crushed out of his body, but with nothing and no one there to offer help. Sam Gabriel had never felt so frightened and alone.’
Sam Gabriel will become just one of several to die a gruesome death by poisoning. The poison ‘aconite’ is being administered by what Detective Inspector Shawn Connor has decided is a serial killer. D.I. Connor, who heads up a team of investigators, is baffled as to how the poison is being induced. This question is finally answered after the third victim is killed. Now Connor must determine if there is a connection between the victims and follow what few clues he has to determine who will be next.
DI Connor has determined that a woman is involved but doesn’t feel that she’s alone. Due to the timing of the deaths and the locations of the victims, there has to be more than one person involved.
Connor and his team finally come up with a clue which seems to connect most of the victims. The clue pertains to events that happened over 30 years earlier with most of those involved being deceased. To Conner, it appears that with each clue that surfaces, another victim turns up poisoned. He seems to hit nothing but dead ends.
I’ve read all but 2 books written by Brian Porter and I have to say that if you’ve never read his writings, you’re losing out. Purple Death has taken me on a road with many curves, most of them sharp. Porter grabs your attention in the beginning of the book with his Welcome message and your reading experience goes up from there. He has got to be one of the best mystery writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.