Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Book Review - Death Deserved by L.J. Sellers

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Title: Death Deserved (Detective Jackson Mystery Book 11)
Author: L. J. Sellers
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Publication Date: 19th July 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Detective Wade Jackson is in for a shock when he’s summoned to the police chief’s office—his sergeant has been poisoned, and Jackson’s been tapped to lead the investigation.

But before the Eugene Violent Crimes unit has a chance to respond, two people are gunned down at a licensed marijuana nursery. Jackson and his colleague Detective Lara Evans are on the case—but there are more suspects than evidence, and the crime is baffling.

Soon, more people are hospitalized, and when Evans discovers a link between the poisonings and edible pot, she and Jackson suspect that the product tampering and shootings are connected.

As the task force investigates new leads, it’s clear that the detectives are on a dangerous trail, one that forces them to question everyone—even their own team. But they’ll have to uncover the truth fast…before the next victim falls prey.

The second I spotted Death Deserved on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it, it had been far too long since I last read a Detective Jackson book, so clearly needed my latest fix. Well I definitely wasn't disappointed, I thankfully remembered the characters with relative ease and had a whole new set of crimes to learn about. 

As a side note I do believe this can be read as a standalone, all relevant background information is touched upon, even though having read the full series up to this point, it did remind me of many other great stories in the series. 

The main premise behind this story, was to do with the legalisation of Marijuana in Oregon, and as a result there are people being shot dead at a pot farm, and then we discover there are some poisonings that may also be related too drugs. 

However due to the nature of the crimes, there is almost an over abundance of potential suspects, and its up to Detective Wade Jackson and his team to work out who may be convicted for what, and also if any of them are actually innocent. 

There are leads from all manner of sources and the action is high paced throughout as, the police try to get these latest threats off the streets and hopefully save more lives in the process. 

In addition to the focus on Wade, his colleague Detective Lara Evans is also getting some of her own chapters, and I was excited to see all her SWAT team training finally paying off as she responds to her first call out. The other main character was Sophie Speranza the journalist at the local paper who has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time for a story. 

I am a huge fan of this series and thoroughly enjoyed reading every second of this latest offering. I'm not convinced its my favourite book of the series, but it definitely comes very close and already I am needing another fix from my favourite Violent Crimes Unit. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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