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  • Author:
    Janet LaPierre
  • ISBN:
    188028474X
  • ISBN13:
    978-1880284742
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  • Publisher:
    Daniel & Daniel Publishers; First Edition edition (February 25, 2015)
  • Pages:
    283 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Mystery
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Death Duties is a gripping read

In a page and a half, the author shows us a little girl's love for her grandfather, and a grandfather who is clearly troubled by something. Chapter One picks up the story twenty-eight years later, where we learn that the grandfather had committed suicide when his granddaughter, Christina Larson, was still very young. Death Duties is a gripping read. The rainy ambience of Port Silva reflects Verity's state of mind as she explores a time most residents don't remember fondly, and ponders her own future with trepidation. The twists and turns kept me guessing in this compelling story.

Death Duties (A Port Silva Mystery). 188028474X (ISBN13: 9781880284742). In a page and a half, the author shows us a little girl’s love for her grandfather, and a grandfather who is clearly troubled by something.

In a page and a half, the author shows us a little girl's love for her grandfather, and a grandfather who is clearly troubled by something.

Items related to DEATH DUTIES (Port Silva Mysteries). A visitor to Port Silva hires them to clear her grandfather of anonymous sexual abuse charges that caused his suicide there thirty years earlier. Published by John Daniel & Company Books (2004)

Items related to DEATH DUTIES (Port Silva Mysteries). First Last DEATH DUTIES (Port Silva Mysteries). ISBN 13: 9781880284742. DEATH DUTIES (Port Silva Mysteries). Published by John Daniel & Company Books (2004). ISBN 10: 188028474X ISBN 13: 9781880284742.

Hired by Christina Larson, as a deathbed promise, to clear her grandfather's name of a pedophilia accusation from thirty years ago, Verity Mackellar and her mother, Patience, aka Patience Smith, Investigations, take the case.

A Town in Trouble Port Silva, California Elevation 100 feet Established 1885 Population 24,020 Now. Baby Mine is the sixth in the series and the first to be published by Perseverance Press/John Daniel and Company.

Port Silva Mysteries. An apparent crime wave in Port Silva, an economically depressed coastal California town, results in the death of a young Hispanic woman with connections to a local fertility clinic.

View a map of Port Silva.

Port Silva Mysteries from Perseverance Press: FAMILY BUSINESS (2006). She takes on contemporary issues with aplomb. Ayelet Waldman, author of the Mommy Track mysteries and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. View a map of Port Silva. The mother-and-daughter private investigative team introduced in Keepers, Patience and Verity Mackellar, take on a challenging new case.

The mother-and-daughter private investigative team introduced in Keepers, Patience and Verity Mackellar, take on a challenging new case. A visitor to Port Silva hires them to clear her grandfather of anonymous sexual abuse charges that caused his suicide there thirty years earlier.

Malara
Not everyone likes prologues in novels, but I do, provided they're short and intriguing. The opening of Janet LaPierre's Death Duties epitomizes all that's good about prologues. In a page and a half, the author shows us a little girl's love for her grandfather, and a grandfather who is clearly troubled by something.

Chapter One picks up the story twenty-eight years later, where we learn that the grandfather had committed suicide when his granddaughter, Christina Larson, was still very young. We also learn why Edgar Larson killed himself, which is another reason I loved this prologue. The big question is answered early. Edgar had been accused of child molestation by two anonymous callers, not long after a child was raped and murdered. No evidence ever connected Edgar to the crime, yet rumors persisted in the small town of Port Silva. Edgar wound up ostracized by many, including his daughter-in-law who severed his relationship with Christina.

After the death of her own father, Christina returns to town and hires Verity MacKeller of Patience Smith, Investigations to clear her grandfather's name. Not an easy task. Memories are faulty and many of Port Silva's residents back then have moved away or died. Complicating Verity's professional life are the ups and downs of parenting her adopted eight-year-old child and a local cop who's falling for Verity. The more she learns about the past, however, the more danger Verity puts herself and others in.

One of the many appealing aspects of this book is Verity's mother, Patience, the driving force of Patience Smith, Investigations. While Verity sorts out the past, Patience has her own clients and ongoing romance. By weaving both women's lives together, LaPierre portrays a unique mother/daughter relationship.

Death Duties is a gripping read. The rainy ambience of Port Silva reflects Verity's state of mind as she explores a time most residents don't remember fondly, and ponders her own future with trepidation. The twists and turns kept me guessing in this compelling story.
Tejar
Janet Lapierre is simply a wonderful writer. She creates people we believe in, describes her Northern California Coastal town settings so clearly we can taste the fog and smell the redwoods, and devises crisp, clean plots that feel like events that just might happen to us one day, but we hope won't. In "Death Duties, she's done it again, brilliantly.

Patience McKellar and her daughter Verity, of "Patience Smith Investigations," take on the matter of Edgar Larson's death years before -- he committed suicide after being accused, anonymously, of child molestation. His daughter wants his name cleared.

Nothing stirs up trouble like turning over the rocks of an old scandal in a small town. It's the age-old story about people and the consequences of their actions, and eventually, murder. This story unfolds so sneakily, and we're so caught up in the day to day lives of Verity and Patience and their child - and boy, does LaPierre do children well - that we almost forget about the danger, the menace, the fact that some resident of nice cozy Port Silva isn't in fact nice at all.

If you've read the previous Port Silva mysteries, you'll recognize some of the other players in this tale too - it's like coming home. And if you haven't read those, what a treat you have in store.