Twisted Reason (Lucinda Pierce Series #4)

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A new mystery for Homicide Investigator Lucinda Pierce - When a missing elderly man shows up dead on his son’s front porch, Homicide Detective Lucinda Pierce isn’t certain if she’s investigating a murder or one of the strangest natural deaths she’s ever encountered. But when the investigation brings Lucinda into contact with the adult children of missing persons with dementia, resurrecting the trauma of the death of her own parents, Lucinda begins to question her own motivation for continuing to search for ...

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Overview

A new mystery for Homicide Investigator Lucinda Pierce - When a missing elderly man shows up dead on his son’s front porch, Homicide Detective Lucinda Pierce isn’t certain if she’s investigating a murder or one of the strangest natural deaths she’s ever encountered. But when the investigation brings Lucinda into contact with the adult children of missing persons with dementia, resurrecting the trauma of the death of her own parents, Lucinda begins to question her own motivation for continuing to search for answers when there are no definitive indications of homicide . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Edgar-finalist Fanning skillfully illuminates the heartbreaking challenges facing Alzheimer's victims and their families in her fourth mystery featuring Virginia homicide detective Lucinda Pierce (after 2010's Mistaken Identity). When Vicki Humphries discovers the body of her father-in-law, Dr. Edgar Humphries, an Alzheimer's patient who's been missing from his son's house for five months, on the front porch, Edgar's pockets are curiously full of acorns. Edgar proves to have died from a heart attack, but soon two more missing dementia sufferers turn up dead, possibly murdered: Adele Kendleshon, by drowning, and Francis Delong, by head trauma. Other Alzheimer's patients have also disappeared in the area. Lucinda's investigation leads to a strange place that resembles "a poor man's Disneyland." Series fans will be pleased to find that Lucinda is recovering well from injuries sustained in an earlier case, and that her relationship with FBI Special Agent in Charge Jake Lovett is flourishing. (Jan.)
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When an elderly man who has been missing for months is found dead on his son's porch, homicide detective Lucinda Pierce (The Trophy Exchange) is called in because no one knows how he died. When several more bodies of elderly folk are discovered, Pierce revs up the investigation and finds that there is a rash of missing seniors with dementia. VERDICT True crime author Fanning brings a rare brand of realism to her work. Still undergoing reconstructive surgeries for the shotgun blast that disfigured her beautiful face, Pierce is intelligent and a pit bull when it comes to finding the guilty. Readers who like to have their emotions engaged while trying to solve the mystery will enjoy Pierce's latest adventure.
Kirkus Reviews

What's happening to all the senior citizens who are demented, missing and feared dead?

A lifeless old man is found on his son's porch. Because the cause of death is unknown, Jumbo Butler, from the Missing Persons section, calls on homicide investigator Lucinda Pierce for help. It turns out that more than one elderly person suffering from dementia has recently disappeared. Ordinarily such cases are quickly resolved by the discovery of either the person wandering nearby or a corpse. But this time the people in question have simply vanished. When the bodies of two of the elders are found in a pond, Lucinda can't forget the case even though there's no evidence of foul play. Perhaps the trauma of losing her own parents keeps her stubbornly investigating and learning more about the pain of the children whose parents now live in a twilight world. Lucinda's investigations point to a relative of one of the elderly who believes dementia is all part of a conspiracy. Could he have something to do with all the disappearances?

As usual, Fanning (Mistaken Identity, 2010, etc.)poses Lucinda a quirky mystery, this timeproviding a thoughtful look at the stress of those caring for loved ones with dementia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847512789
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Lucinda Pierce Series , #4
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,451,181
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Fanning

Diane Fanning is the co-editor of "Red Boots & Attitude" and the author of "The Windwalkers," Her stories and essays have been published in the "Baltimore Sun" and other periodicals. She is the Executive Director of Another Way Texas Shares, a non-profit federation. Fanning lives in New Braunfels, Texas with her husband, cat, and dog.

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