Title: Dark Deeds
Author: Sandra Nikolai
Pub. Date: 11/6/2016
Series: Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery Book 4
The suspicious fire that destroyed the shed exposes a surprise corpse—not what ghostwriter Megan Scott and investigative reporter Michael Elliott expected when they reserved a cabin at their friends’ lakeside resort in rural Ontario.
Fear overshadows their visit like a looming storm. Their friends are receiving anonymous threatening letters. An elderly resident is reported missing. Locals are wary. They aren’t used to outsiders snooping around town, asking questions.
When Michael makes a connection to a cold case, evidence points to an ex-convict looking for revenge. He’s had reconstructive surgery. He could be anyone.
Terror blankets the town as the body count mounts. The killer is playing dangerous mind games with everyone—especially with Megan. If she doesn’t find him first, she could well become his next victim.
My Review: 4/5
This is the fourth book in the Michael/Megan crime series. Even though it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. This is a good thing since I haven’t read any of the previous books. However, after reading Dark Deeds I will now be reading the other three (False Impressions, Fatal Whispers, and Icy Silence).
Michael is an investigative reporter and his assistant/girlfriend, Megan, is a ghost-writer. Together they dive deep into the mystery of a fire and dead body happening in a small town in Canada at their friend’s resort. The chemistry and dynamic between Michael and Megan works. I loved both of their characters. Michael is the one that is willing to take risks, while Megan is often the voice of reason. I loved how they often knew what the other was thinking. These insights often led them to clues in solving the case.
While this book is categorized as a Mystery/Thriller, I found it to be relatively light-hearted, and not as dark as most thrillers I read. This is a good thing! In spite of the easiness of the story, it was still a mystery and I kept analyzing every character in trying to figure out who did it. It was a very fast, easy read and one that I finished in two days.
If you love mysteries, yet want a change of pace from the typical violent, dark reads, I definitely recommend this book!
***A very special thank you to the author for a copy of her book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Also, my apologies to her for taking so long to read it!