Thirteen months ago, former NYPD detective Shana Merchant barely survived being abducted by a serial killer. Now hoping to leave grisly murder cases behind, she's taken a job in her fiancé's sleepy hometown in the Thousand Islands region of Upstate New York.
... an utterly irresistible modern-day mystery that is deeply indebted to the great 'locked room' puzzles of the past ... has all the best elements of Agatha Christie-inspired crime fiction: a clever puzzle, a cast of eccentric characters, and a moody atmosphere. But this is not just a Christie homage: it’s also a smart, decidedly modern crime novel that puts a woman’s inner fight with past trauma front and center. This immersive, engaging murder mystery will fill the Agatha Christie-sized hole in your heart, and in your TBR list ... what elevates this book above the pack is its thoughtfully-crafted protagonist, Shana, and her partner, Tim ... good, old fashioned crime fiction fun, a delightful homage to the classics infused with modern sensibility. A must for fans of Agatha Christie.
Here we have murder, madness and megalomania among the high and mighty ... Death in the Family is a riveting read. It’s a top notch mystery that is intricately layered to keep you in suspense until the last word. It’s a very special start to a new series whose subsequent installments, I, for one, eagerly await.
... a dark and stormy mystery that sets doubt and certainty against one another for up-all-night reading ...Wegert’s debut is impressive in its scope ... As Death in the Family draws to a close, the Sinclair matter is resolved, but we’ve barely pulled back the curtain on Shana’s past. It’s enormously frustrating to close a book knowing you have to wait for the next installment, but it speaks to how finely this debut is engineered. Death in the Family marks a bold beginning to an addictive new series.