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Unnatural Murder

by Connie Dial

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Josie Corsino is a woman working in a man’s world, a police captain in Los Angeles Hollywood district, governing men and women, working for both, and struggling with her home life in turmoil. The murder victim is a man who would rather function in a woman’s world. And the investigation may be helped or hindered by a new woman on the team who seems to imagine the fairer sex deserves additional fairness from the rest.

Readers familiar with Connie Dial’s earlier Corsino novels with welcome the return of familiar characters, but this tale stands alone perfectly, with its own unique focus and theme. What makes men and women different? How should a woman balance the trials of her job with a spouse’s assumptions? How do we bring up our children, and how do we wound them?

Deep questions all, but they’re explored in the context of a fascinating murder mystery with convincing plot, complex investigation, good team-work and police-work, and an admirable array of characters, good bad and in-between. There’s policy, politics, good sense, betrayal and loss by story’s end, all blended into a powerful novel of LA’s underbelly, secrets and ties. Deep relationships ground the story in genuine human frailties and honest affections, making this more than a crime drama, for all that its crime is powerfully dramatic; more than police procedural, though its police and their procedures ring perfectly true; and more than a tale of family breakup and romance, though family love is a vital theme.

If this murder’s unnatural because of its victim, its solving is a natural outcome of good team-work and wise deduction. And nature is, perhaps, in the eye of the beholder after all.

Disclosure: I was given a free bound galley of this novel and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Aug 7, 2014 |
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