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Posted January 5, 2012
Wonderful debut mystery
A solid debut mystery that was a bit too graphically gory for my taste. If the method that the killer uses doesn’t make you cringe, you’re a much stronger person that I am. Still, it won’t keep me from reading Ritter’s newly released second book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A killer appears to be on the loose in Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania. The police chief is Kat Campbell, single mother of a boy with Down Syndrome. Nick Donnelly is a Lieutenant with the State Police, who arrives to assist with the case. Shortly before committing a murder, the killer faxes a death notice to Henry Goll, who writes obituaries for the local newspaper. Henry is an isolated man who is scarred both physically and emotionally from a terrible car accident in his past. He is nicknamed ‘The Ghoul’ by his co-workers.
Much of the time in the book is spent between these three characters and their backstories, and their attempt at finding the killer. While the revelation of the killer didn’t surprise me, I was not absolutely sure until the end. I was more pleased with who wasn’t revealed to be the killer. I think the author may have been a little too obvious in trying to flesh out his characters by giving them tragic backstories.
Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next, which is also set in Perry Hollow.
Posted February 21, 2011
A Definite Page Turner
If the way people are being killed doesn't make you turn on the lights, then you're a lot less squeamish than I am. I couldn't have written this 'cause I would have scared myself silly. Death Notice starts off with the killing of George Winnick, then ratchets up the intensity by giving you just enough time between victims to catch your breath.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
You get to know the people in the town and come to like Sheriff Kat Campbell's commitment to stopping the murderer. Your heart will race when the killer decides to make the chase personal for her. You'll also be trying to figure out who in this small town could be the killer.
Todd Ritter has been a journalist for fifteen years. He's even written obituaries. This experience and expertise comes through in the book. The title, Death Notice, comes from the obituaries, which arrive at the newspaper before the victim is dead.
If you're like me, you won't forget Death Notice, no matter how you try. Todd Ritter puts you right into the victim's head. Even if you've never met the victim before, you really want the good guys to get there and stop it. But you won't stop reading because you want to know who the killer is.
It makes your heart race and if it had been a movie, I would have covered my eyes through the scary parts.
Posted November 18, 2010
Best Book I've Read All Year!!
This is a quick paced page turner! Once I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down! Every time I thought I had it figured out, new twist would appear! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery!! This is by far the best book I have read all year!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2010
Great first novel!
Kat Campbell is Chief of Police in a sleepy small town in Pennsylvania. Life is good with a very low crime rate until a local farmer turns up dead, amateurishly embalmed and encased in a handmade coffin. Henry Goll, the local obit writer for the Perry Hollow Gazette, received a faxed death notice time-stamped before the farmer died. Kat is joined in her investigation by Nick Donnelly, head of the State Police Task Force.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Despite the similarities between the farmer's murder and those committed by the Betsy Ross serial killer Donnelly has been chasing for the past year, the team is forced to look closer to home when another embalmed body is found. Campbell and Donnelly are joined by Henry Goll in trying to find the killer before he or she kills again.
Ritter's characters are nicely enhanced by their own backstories which add to the complexity of DEATH NOTICE. Smooth writing, clever phrasing and an interesting plot make this a great first novel! I hope to see more from this author.
Posted October 9, 2010
Todd is a mystery writing genius! I became so engrossed in this book that I don't think I was aware of anything else while reading. The in depth plot and memorable characters make Death Notice a must-have mystery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2010
Readers will enjoy this entertaining regional mystery
Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania Police Chief Kat Campbell is stunned to find the corpse of George Winnick, a farmer, inside a coffin of sorts at the side of the road. She is further aghast to see the victim's lips sewn together and his blood vessels containing formaldehyde.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Meanwhile, Perry Hollow Gazette obituary writer Henry Goll learns the time of death occurred after he received the faxed death notice. Henry realizes that one of his neighbors is a diabolical homicidal psychopath. When other murders occur, Pennsylvania State Police Officer Nick Donnelly, an expert on serial killers, arrives to assist the overwhelmed locals. However, even with his knowledge and skills, the killer seems always ahead of the cops.
Although at times a bit overdramatic with a stratospheric kill rate, Death Notice is an enjoyable police procedural. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with a horde of eccentric characters as the corpses keep coming. Kat is a fabulous lead who holds the serial killer thriller together with help from Nick and Henry. Readers will enjoy this entertaining regional mystery as a town that never faced a homicide suddenly is inundated.
Posted November 24, 2011
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Posted May 18, 2011
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