Saturday, November 10, 2018

High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellmann

High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellmann is the latest edition to The Georgia Davis PI series.  Georgia Davis is hired by Erica Baldwin Stewart to find out more about her daughter, Dena’s death.  The family received an anonymous email several weeks after her assassination and it bothers them.  Dena Baldwin was the leader of ResistanceUSA, a group against the current president with 42,000 followers.  Dena was vocal against the current regime and their practices.  At a demonstration in Grant Park in Chicago, Dena was assassinated and the gunman, Scott Allen Jarvis, was found dead on a nearby rooftop.  Georgia’s search for the truth takes her on a perilous journey.  She soon learns that someone does not want the truth to come to light, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their secrets hidden.  While handling the case, Georgia’s mother reenters her life.  It brings up the old feelings of resentment, abandonment and jealousy.  Georgia’s case takes a dangerous turn when people begin disappearing.  Her quest for the truth could find Georgia paying the ultimate price. 

If you have not read the previous books in The Georgia Davis PI series, I recommend beginning with Easy Innocence (the first book).  I have not read any of the other novels in this series, and I felt I was missing key details on Georgia.  I was not able to get into High Crimes (I ended up reading two other books while attempting to wade through High Crimes).  I felt it lacked continuity and an ease.  It jumped around to various characters and time periods which I found confusing.  I tried to like Georgia, but it did not happen.  I especially disliked her sister, Vanna.  I found her self-centered and whiny.  High Crimes contains an intriguing mystery with various twists that will surprise readers.  It is the best part of the book.  The writing is extremely detail oriented.  Some of the extraneous information could have been eliminated.  High Crimes takes punches at our current administration.  It is obvious that the author is not a fan of the current president.  If you are looking for an escape from all the political goings on in the news, then High Crimes is not the book for you.  There is a significant amount of foul language (which I find offensive and unnecessary) and there is intimacy between couples (fair warning) that I was not expecting.  As you can tell, I am not the right audience for High Crimes.  However, that is the beauty of people and books.  We are all unique and like different things. I suggest you obtain a sample of High Crimes to see if it is the right fit for you.

Thank you for checking in today and reading my review.  I will be featuring Love's Christmas Blessings by Laura Hilton and Rachel J. Good tomorrow (there is a giveaway).  Have a jubilant day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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