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Monday, July 22, 2019

Book Review: Honor Role by Tim Hoy

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Random House, via Netgalley,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

Today's mysteries are British, and both feature detectives who have to question everything they THOUGHT they knew about their family- both blood and made.

This captivating thriller features a clashing of cultures, the code of honor, the power of mercy, and the tangled lies between friends and family.

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It should have been an open-and-shut case: suicide by cyanide. 

But when Detective Inspector Tessa Grantley pries open the hidden parts of Freddy Hayworth’s life, she uncovers his complicated battle with mental illness and the parade of spurned women left in Freddy’s wake. Quickly, a full-blown homicide investigation ensues, where nothing is as it seems.
Outside of her demanding police work, DI Grantley seems to have outrun the secrets of her past. She is raising her son in a loving home, in a quiet London neighborhood, embraced by a tight-knit, supportive community. And while she might occasionally have different ideas about child-rearing than her Pakistani-born nanny, Jabirah Rahman, Tessa and Jabirah develop a bond not easily broken . . . until Jabirah disappears. Then, Tessa must use her intuition and investigative skills on two fronts. What she finds puts her on a collision course with ideas of justice and righteousness that dangerously conflict with her own.


Tess is one of those characters that grow on you. At first her world seems sheltered and naive, but as you read more, you realize it is anything but, and Tess hides a lot of dark secrets. so she has a feel when there are hidden secrets in those around her, and in a case that at first seems simple, but she knows is off somehow. As Tess finds more clues, the case broadens and gives her more turns than a labryinth, to find the truth. And when there is downtime she suddenly has to deal with the loss of her nanny, who had turned her world upside down, and set her on a new path. Now she tries to return the favor, against a cultural wall she can't understand. And then just when she thinks she has everything resolved, the rug is slipped out from under her. It's a read to savor, as small clues abound.

Book 1 in the series is Still Death

About the Author:

Tim Hoy is a senior vice president of Wasserman Media Group, based in the company’s Los Angeles office. He represents professional athletes, including a number of prominent NBA players. A graduate of Oberlin College, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the University of Michigan Law School, Hoy is active in Democratic Party politics and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is currently secretary of VoteRiders, a nonprofit that assists citizens with obtaining voter identification.

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