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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Review - Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Title: Cemetary Dance
Author: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Buy Link: Cemetery Dance

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewer: Sashet

William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife, Nora Kelly, an anthropologist with the New York Museum of Natural History, are celebrating their first anniversary when Smithback is fatally stabbed in their Manhattan apartment, apparently by a creepy neighbor, Colin Fearing, an out-of-work British actor. Given eyewitness descriptions of the killer, including one from Kelly herself, as well as surveillance footage showing a blood-stained Fearing emerging from the apartment building right after the crime, the case appears to be open and shut—until Pendergast and his NYPD ally, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta, learn that Fearing died almost two weeks earlier.

Animal sacrifices, Voodoo, Zombies and an intelligent Secret Agent that is mysterious can be found between the pages of Cemetery Dance. I’ll take a moment to warn readers this is not a romance but a straight mystery novel. However, if you like mysteries of the old school, where you follow the detective as they uncover the clues – you’ll love Cemetery Dance. It is an involved mystery with supernatural elements and the ninth book in the Special Agent Pendergast series. While it is the ninth book, it is the first of the series this reviewer has read. Mr. Preston and Mr. Child have written a book that doesn’t require the reading of the previous eight books to understand. I must admit though, I am going to be adding the previous books to my to buy list.

I enjoyed following Agent Pendergast and Lt. Vincent D’Agosta as they tried to solve the mystery of William Smithback. I love a mystery that leads me down one path – but when the mystery is solved I see how the clues fit together.

This is a mystery that follows in the tradition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels and is more than worthy of the comparisons.

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