The Secret Keeper

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PI Dick Hardesty listens with polite interest to his partner Jonathan's stories of his days working for 90-year-old multimillionaire Clarence Bement, helping the old man tend his garden. But when Bement is found dead, an apparent suicide, Jonathan is adamant that the old man would never have killed himself, a theory also held by Bement's grandson, Mel Fowler.

When Mel hires him to investigate, Dick learns Bement's lawyer also died mysteriously barely a week before Bement. He ...

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Overview

PI Dick Hardesty listens with polite interest to his partner Jonathan's stories of his days working for 90-year-old multimillionaire Clarence Bement, helping the old man tend his garden. But when Bement is found dead, an apparent suicide, Jonathan is adamant that the old man would never have killed himself, a theory also held by Bement's grandson, Mel Fowler.

When Mel hires him to investigate, Dick learns Bement's lawyer also died mysteriously barely a week before Bement. He finds himself immersed in a world of greed and familial dysfunction, searching for a missing new will, and Jonathan becomes the target for someone who believes the old man entrusted him with a secret Jonathan is not aware he has.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781934841426
  • Publisher: Zumaya Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    The Dick Hardesty Mysteries Should Not Be Kept Secret! *4.5 stars*

    "The Secret Keeper" is the most recent in a long series (he's in the process of writing another) and although it can stand on its own -- you would be missing out on a lot of fun and background if you skip the first twelve stories. For those unfamiliar with the series, Dick Hardesty is a regular guy who happens to be gay and works as a private investigator. He is in a long-term relationship with a sweet younger man named Jonathon and together they are raising Joshua -- Jonathon's very young orphaned nephew. For a few followers of the series, Joshua is a distraction; however, I find it charming and adds another layer to Dick Hardesty's regular guy persona -- plus affirms my belief that loving families are put together in more than one way. "The Secret Keeper" begins with Jonathon being hired by an elderly millionaire to help with a garden that he can no longer keep up himself. A rapport between the two develops - nothing odd - just a senior who has someone to talk to about some shared interests. When he dies suddenly there is a question as to whether it is a suicide as the police and family believe or is it murder? Subsequently,Jonathon's truck is shot at while driving to a false job opportunity, but there is nothing indicating he knows anything or the two events are related. What I enjoy about the series is Dick's ability to go with his gut although the clues are pretty thin. I also enjoy the ordinariness of his life -- he's not rich or glamorous, he thinks about budgets and household chores, he has storytime with his nephew, he and Jonathon make Jell-O desserts to take to friend's potlucks -- yet there is a doggedly determined intelligent mind behind the regular guy that doesn't want to let go until all is solved. Dorien Grey's ability and gift as a storyteller is weaving of all these disparate strands of information into a cohesive satisfying narrative. He doesn't disappoint and his work does not depend on gratuitous sex every four pages as filler (not that I have anything against sex, but sometimes you actually want to read an interesting story too). He makes the reader think or feel like Dick Hardesty is a friend having a conversation with you about something that happened in his life - like somehow you are at the potluck or sharing a drink while he recounts an interesting case. You end up caring about Dick, Jonathon, Joshua and the many friends that Dorien Grey has created because it is comfy - no tuxes, no jets, Porches and unlimited bank accounts - just relatable characters and plausible stories.

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