Hypocrisy by D.M. Annechino is a murder mystery and a great way to spend a few hours curled up in your favorite chair with. I felt like I was watching one of my favorite shows Law & Order but in book form.
Research scientist Dr. Lauren Crawford has discovered a breakthrough treatment for cancer enabling patients to live longer and sometimes even becoming cancer free. On the evening before she is to attend a press conference announcing this treatment to the world she ends up dead. Was it just a random killing or something much more sinister?
Detectives Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown are on the job and it becomes clear early on that there are many suspects in this case. There was Dr. Crawford’s on and off again boyfriend who didn’t seem to have much going for him but he adamantly denies any involvement. There is also Maggie, an employee who had been employed by Dr. Crawford and also fired – unjustly according to Maggie. No surprise that she denies any involvement as well. Amaris and T.J. find both of them suspicious and even more so when it seems the two have decided to move in together. Then there is the big question – who stands to lose the most if this treatment is successful? The drug companies of course. Cancer drugs are a multi-billion dollar business and if there is a cure for cancer quite obviously they are going to suffer big time. As Amaris and T.J. sift through the clues and begin uncovering more layers Amaris begins to receive threats. Soon enough it becomes a race to solve this mystery before Amaris herself ends up a victim!
Sometimes I find with books like this that I don’t form any connection with the characters but that wasn’t so with this one and it’s because the author took the time to give a back story on both Amaris and T.J. and as a reader that likes that connection I appreciated it. They became not just detectives, but human beings. To uncover why they became police officers and what drives their passion for the job added to the story for me. I thought the two had a great chemistry both on the job and off and I’m hoping that there will be more books to come featuring Amaris and T.J.
If you enjoy a good murder mystery be sure to give Hypocrisy a try! I enjoyed it a great deal and the pages flew by quickly in my desire to get myself to the end to find out what really happened and why. For my readers who are uncomfortable with bad language there is some in the book so be aware of that. Other than that I recommend this one as a fast, easy, and enjoyable read!
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