Right off the bat, this doesn’t read like a freshman effort at all. Death Notice is an excellent novel and I am really looking forward to the follow up, if there is one. Todd Ritter has put together a fun, compelling read that contains all the right elements to make just about anyone that enjoys this genre of novel happy. Have I piqued your interest at all? Hopefully. Here is a look at what to expect once this novel grabs you and pulls your inside: ”Perry Hollow,Pennsylvania, has never had a murder. At least not as long as Kat Campbell has been police chief. And the first is a shocker. George Winnick, a farmer in his sixties, is found in a homemade coffin on the side of the highway with his lips sewn shut and his veins and arteries drained of blood and filled with embalming fluid. Chilling as that is, it becomes even more so when Kat finds that the Perry Hollow Gazette obituary writer, Henry Goll, received a death notice for Winninck before he was killed.”
I am thinking that has caught your attention. The novel is filled with good characters, excellent pacing, and above all a nice whodunit. Ritter made me feel like I was in the thick of it and a part of the story. I very quickly came to care about the characters and what happened to them .The development of the characters did not come at the expense of the plotline nor did it seem to be a hindrance or second thought. I enjoy that aspect of it. The small town feel was evident throughout Death Notice.
I have read many detective novels, many that have had the characters located in a small town, isolated in one way or another, and this stands up there with all of them. I enjoyed Kat Campbell, her views, and the town of Perry Hollow. Above all I enjoyed the abilities of Todd Ritter as he was the conductor of a fun ride, a twisting, turning, well- paced novel. Check this novel out and give it a try. At the very least put it in your Shelfari or Goodreads –to read – list.
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