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The Five Manners of Death - Review by Martha A. Cheves
What are the five manners of death? They are:
It appears that someone in Jackson, Mississippi, is following suit with each of the manners of death. As each person dies, Dr. Diana Bratton finds herself, as well as her aunt Phoebe, more and more involved. The tangle of lies begins to unravel after a body buried 50 years earlier is discovered on the Ole Miss college campus during a construction project. According to Aunt Phoebe, she never knew the deceased. Diana learns of the deception after seeing a 1966 yearbook from Ole Miss in her aunt's belongings. Aunt Phoebe not only knew dead Rusty Reynolds well but she also knew several of the newly deceased. So, what could possibly be the connection between 50-year-old skeletal remains and more recent deaths among the same a circle of friends from that era in college?
I've read everything written and published by Author Darden North and have to say that with each novel he gets better and better. "The 5 Manners of Death" has to be his best yet and I hope will become a long time series. Every time I thought I had come up with a connection between the Ole Miss students from 50 years earlier and the contemporary deaths, I found myself to be wrong. I incorrectly pegged the whole motive and killer all the way to the very last pages. The cover drew me to this book. I immediatley wanted to pick up, start reading, and NOT put it down until finished.
Keep them coming Dr. North!