Saturday, February 29, 2020

Book Review: Coded For Murder


CODED FOR MURDER
by
DIANNE SMITHWICK-BRADEN
Genre: Murder Mystery / Amateur Sleuth Publisher: DSB Mysteries Publication Date: September 26, 2019
Number of Pages: 358 pages
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Jade O’Neal is a senior at West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas. She’s on track to graduate with highest honors and a degree in history until she is accused of murder. She juggles her busy school and work schedule around taking care of an overgrown Rottweiler and being questioned by police until she finds a series of clues hidden in puzzle form. Time is against her as she follows the clues to find the true identity of the murderer while avoiding arrest and her own murder.







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Another great murder-mystery book that was right up my ally. Coded For Murder was an excellent read that reminded me why I love this genre so much!

I went into this book looking for a mystery to solve and that is exactly what you will receive. There is a challenge with reading this book because there were just so many possibilities on who the murderer or accomplices could be. I also appreciated all the side characters coming into this story because it just built up my suspicion on who the suspect could be or who may have been working for them. Could the suspect be Jade's obnoxious roommate Heather? Could it be the boynext door to Heather, Logan Rhodes? Could it be Uncle Erik's new lady friend? It was a big jigsaw puzzle putting people in each place and putting the clues together, which also went so well with the cover of this book. 

I also loved the way the author created her scenery. She focused a lot on each character attribute and the settings where simple conversations took place, like the diner that Jade and her uncle would eat at or Jade's walking commute at the beginning with Teddy,  that it was easy to visualize the story from beginning to end. Any reader can definitely appreciate that.

Overall, I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. Very good plot, dialogue, characterization and everything you want in a murder-mystery book. It was also just a fun time reading this story and you can't go wrong with that. If you're looking for something in this genre and something based in Texas, look no further! Until next time, Happy Reading!


Dianne Smithwick-Braden is a native Texan raised on the family farm near Vernon, Texas. She seasons her mysteries with a little romance, a dash of adventure, and a touch of humor. She currently resides in Amarillo, Texas with her husband, Richard. 






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2 comments:

  1. I love when a mystery pulls you all over the place and keeps you guessing. Thanks for the review!

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