Saturday, May 20, 2023

Cultured by D P Lyle Book Review

About the Book:

Money, sex, power. Jonathon Lindemann offers it all—just don’t mind the missing girls.

When a young girl goes missing from the grounds of a posh retreat built by self-help and financial guru Jonathon Lindemann, Jake Longly, ex-pro baseball player turned reluctant private investigator, is on the case. Going undercover to infiltrate Lindemann’s resort, Jake finds a seamy underbelly of lies and deception. Could the latest disappearance be just one of many? Jake needs to find the missing girl—and soon—before she’s gone forever.

My Review:

This is a rather sedate private detective investigative novel. Jake, the main character, does not do any grand heroics nor get into any breath taking suspenseful situations. The plot mostly consists of Jake and his girlfriend going places, interviewing people and making slow but methodical progress on the case. I found it rather anticlimactic that the resolution to the missing person investigation happened without Jake being immediately involved or in any way having solved the case. I was surprised at the suspension of regular evidence gathering requirements law enforcement officials usually demand for prosecution.

This is a private investigative novel for readers who like an uneventful and methodical investigation with no heart pounding suspense. Potential readers should also not mind a resolution to the investigation that is a little beyond belief all around.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

About the Author:

D. P. Lyle is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Cultured is the sixth in his best-selling Jake Longly Thriller Series. Earlier books in the series were finalists for the Shamus Award, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, and the USA Best Book Award. Lyle has authored 22 books and currently hosts the Criminal Mischief podcast series. He lives in Orange County, California.

Oceanview Publishing, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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