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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Deadly Puzzles

    Stories about sisters never seem to grow old especially with twins sisters who the polar opposite with each other. This book features that storyline but with an added twist of a corpse! It's not all happy times for twins Libby and Tori as they are forced to live in the same house in order to receive their inheritance. The two are as different as night and day and the distance throughout the years has made the gap between them almost uncrossable. I felt sorry for Libby throughout the entire book and the way her entire family treated her. I honestly wanted to smack her mother, grandmother and even her sister at times for being so mean to her. The way she took things in stride really amazed me. I was glad that her own daughter did not feel the same way as the rest of her family.

    I was a bit worried at first that Libby and Drew's relationship would go in the way of the stereotypical Christian story that involves a divorce but was gladly mistaken. In fact Drew's whole relationship with his ex wife was really fairly refreshing. I'm glad that she was portrayed the way she was and that the whole situation was even discussed. Being bi-polar is something that is not mentioned very much in Christian fiction so how it was presented in this book was realistic and a good way for readers to be aware and knowledgeable of the subject.

    There were two qualms I had with the book. The first was the use of the crossword puzzles themselves. The full unanswered puzzles are displayed in the book as how Libby might have seen them. Maybe I'm just weird or lazy, but I wasn't sure if I was supposed to do the puzzle myself to figure out the clues. As it was, I skipped over them and just kept reading to see if anyone else figured them out. I'm not sure really what the purpose was of having them there. It's a unique concept but I was confused if it was supposed to be more interactive for the reader or just artistic design. The other qualm I had was Tori's character. This is mainly due to the fact that I felt her story is never fully resolved or really developed. The ending with her left me quite unsatisfied and unless there's another book involving her, I felt her character to be incomplete.

    Other than this, I enjoyed the story. It has a good mystery and for fans of crossword puzzles, it is a unique way to bring about the clues. I've always been a fan of Gayle's other books so it was a delight to see her return to the mystery genre. Hopefully there will be more of these kinds of books in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    Christian mystery...

    In hopes of healing a broken family bond, Great Aunt Stella left her ¿estate¿ to twin sisters, Tori and Libby. The condition was they would live in the house together for six months. The estate was a small Colonial Row house in Philadelphia. It did not take but moments in Tori¿s presence for Libby to feel drab. Libby¿s thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe, was overjoyed to see her aunt. Libby was trying to make the best of the circumstances when the unthinkable happened she found a dead man at the front door. A crossword puzzle with Tori¿s name on it was on top of the body. It was evident Tori was hiding something. Libby did not know who to trust. She knew she could not trust Tori she was not sure about Drew. The only one she could depend on was God. She learned she had to find forgiveness in her heart. ¿After all the grace God had shed on me, the least I could do was share some of it¿¿ Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper is a delightful, suspenseful, romantic, spiritual story. Gayle Roper demonstrates her strong faith in this novel. She has included a reader¿s guide at the back of the book. Libby is a wonderful character. Roper skillfully shows her flaws as well as her growth as a Christian. I found Tori to be a heart-rending person. She was searching for unconditional love and had no idea where to find it. The supporting characters each had distinctive voices and added much to the plot. This is my first Gayle Roper story. It will not be my last. Fans of Christian suspense will not want to miss Fatal Deduction.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining inspirational amateur sleuth

    In Philadelphia great aunt Stella left her estate with specific instructions if her nieces, twin sisters, Libby (accompanied by her teenage daughter Chloe) and Tori Burton are to inherit. To obtain her house, the siblings must both reside there for six months. If either leaves early neither inherits. --- They move in, but Libby is stunned when she trips over a corpse on the front porch and finds valuables stolen. With the dead body is a crossword puzzle. Libby believes she must solve the puzzle to solve the murder and insure neither she, Tori or Chloe become the next victims. She would like to depend on the neighbor Drew Canfield whom she is attracted to, but he does not trust women his age and besides Jenna comes first. --- This is an entertaining inspirational amateur sleuth that uses crossword puzzles to add to the overall fun. The story line is fast-paced from the moment that Libby and Chloe arrive at the Colonial Era house and never slows down until the final confrontation. In between there is plenty of family disputes especially between the twins. Fans will enjoy Gayle Roper¿s strong whodunit as real life issues surface that even with the belief that God is in your corner remain difficult to deal with. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Clever Story Line

    This book was cleverly written, with a crossword puzzle concept for the mystery thread. I felt like some of the characters were a little underdeveloped, but overall, it was entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    If you love solving crossword puzzles then pick up Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper as puzzles keep this mystery going.

    As the story opens, we find twin sisters Libby and Tori Burton moving into their Aunt Stella¿s old Philadelphia home. Aunt Stella has required the estranged twins to live together for six months in order to inherit the home and the aunt¿s sizeable estate. Not a problem for most twins who are often in sync with one another, but Tori and Libby have very little in common and frequently find themselves in turmoil, often as a result of Libby's faith and Tori's lack there of. Tori is right at home in the big city but Libby along with her daughter Chloe are more comfortable in the suburbs. Imagine Libby¿s fright when on the first morning in the house, she stumbles across a dead body on their doorstep. A dead body holding a crossword puzzle that implicates her twin in the murder. Though not a fan of her sister or her lifestyle, Libby pockets the clue to protect Tori from a murder accusation. And keeps protecting her as more puzzles arrive in interesting ways. Drew Canfield¿neighbor, Ben Franklin scholar, father to teenager daughter Jenna and the stories love interest¿partners with Libby and the pair works through serious life issues all the while moving forward on solving the interesting crossword puzzle mystery. Not only does a special relationship develop between Drew and Libby but Jenna and Chloe become fast friends, too. Though classified as a suspense book and there is a suspense plot as the main story, I found Fatal Deduction to focus more on interpersonal relationships artfully depicted by Roper. Roper attacks issues like divorce, parenting, family betrayal and underhanded attempts to buy affection of an impressionable teen. A story like this one, filled with dysfunctional families and the problems caused by their behavior, could be overpowered by the issues, but Fatal Deduction doesn¿t bog down in heavy character studies. The story moves along at a fast pace and keeps your interest until the very end, keeping you rooting for the characters as they work through their struggles. This is a well-crafted story that you won¿t want to miss.

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    Posted May 7, 2011

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