I was contacted by Betta a while ago (sorry Betta!) asking me if i wanted to review the third book in her mystery series Samantha Church mysteries. I had really enjoyed the first two books so I couldn’t say no to reading and reviewing the third book- Dead Wrong. Find out what I thought of this third book below!
Title: Dead Wrong
Author: Betta Ferrendelli
Format: Paperback, 284 Pages
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Nothing is colder than death. Or is it…
In Dead Wrong, the third book in the continuing mystery series featuring reporter Samantha Church, Samantha is back and turns her attention to helping Abby Love, a young funeral home employee who has come to her with claims that the mortuary is involved in illegally harvesting body parts.
Abby claims that funeral home employees and others with access to the recently deceased are profiting from the dead by secretly dismembering corpses, taking tissues, organs and non-organ body parts from knees, spines, bones to skin without the knowledge or consent of family members to sell on the black market.
Setting her initial skepticism aside, Sam and Abby begin an investigation, which soon reveals that trafficking body parts illegally harvested from the dead is, in fact, a thriving and lucrative, underground business driven by a growing demand for human bones and tissue—and is happening at the mortuary where Abby works.
Their undercover investigation exposes a corrupt mortuary, but who is involved in the clandestine operation remains shrouded in ambiguity. Determined to uncover the truth and hunt down those responsible, Sam and Abby continue their pursuit—despite that it leads the pair down a winding and sinister path of malevolence and malice, which ends up having dire consequences for everyone involved.
About the Author
I have been an award-winning journalist since 1989, having worked at newspapers in Denver, Colorado, Seattle, Washington and Albuquerque, Mexico.
I am the author of the award-winning Samantha Church Mystery Series, including The Friday Edition. Revenge is Sweet and Dead Wrong.
The Friday Edition was named one of the best books of 2013 by Kirkus and earned a 2014 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in the mystery women sleuths category.
As I mentioned above, I had read Betta’s two previous novels in the same series all focusing around Samantha Church. In the previous two novels Samantha has gone through several traumatic experiences, yet she keeps coming back kicking. I am always impressed that she doesn’t just give up and say “Screw this, i’m done with trying to fight through life!”. In Dead Wrong, Samantha is still dealing with some of the events of the previous two novels, but she cannot say no to Abby Love who contacts her regarding claims of illegal body harvesting occurring at the funeral home she works at. This spurs Samantha’s third adventure.
Samantha’s character has obviously developed throughout all three novels. She has really grown up and matured into an intelligent young woman. Samantha is finally getting a handle on her life- dealing with her alcohol addiction and is looking to gain custody of her daughter, April. Her love life isn’t so hot, but that’s probably what makes her a good character- you feel bad for her and are routing for her.
I was glad that some of the old characters were continued in this book especially Will. I felt that he really helped Samantha in the previous two books and he seemed to be somewhat of a rock for her. Now, Will is continuing to develop as a character and we watch his deal with his own demons as well as dealing with his new prosthetic hand.
I thought the plot of this book was very interesting and it really lead you down a mystery about whether or not the body trafficking was occurring. It was fun to watch Samantha solve the mystery. As usual the writing is great and really moves the story along. The book was a fast read, not only because of the writing but because of the mystery behind it.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and liked that we got to see Samantha grow even more as a character. If you have read the other two books, definitely consider picking up this third one. If you haven’t read these books yet, consider picking them up, the summer is a great time to read them since they are fairly fast reads. I give this book:
4 out of 5 hippos!
Thank you to Betta Ferrendelli for sending me a copy of her book for review!