Death and Disappearances

Death and Disappearances

by MR Richard Smiraldi

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Overview

Death and Disappearances by MR Richard Smiraldi

Money, crime, death, unrequited love with a little voodoo in the mix - best characterize this book.

When Montgomery Clark wakes up, two weeks after his wife's disappearance, he finds a bump on the back of his head, a painting (done by his wife) missing, a note in his own handwriting which reads, "You killed my sister, now I'll murder you," and a dead sparrow in his dresser drawer. He realizes he must solve the mystery of the disappearance of his wife or face charges for her disappearance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615597645
Publisher: Parvenue Press
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Richard Smiraldi holds a degree in English Literature from The King's college. He has been a member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City and on the entertainment committee, which allowed him to visit practically every private social club in Manhattan from which many of the details in this novel are gleaned. He published mystery novel, 'Seven Murders In Sussex', in April 2011. His readership is over 700,000 worldwide.

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Death And Disappearances 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TayTayLarson More than 1 year ago
I recently read another book from Richard Smiraldi and I really loved the book along with the mystery. I was excited to read another book from this author. This story had another amazing mystery that kept me glued to my seat. Montgomery finds a bump on the back of his head, 2 weeks after his wife has disappeared. It's actually a painting on the back of his head that was done by his wife, in that she wants revenge on him for killing her sister. He tries to solve the mystery of his wife in order to not face charges. I loved this book and found it to be so exciting! Highly recommend this mystery book!
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
I could not categorize this book into just one category. Its a psychological thriller and a mystery with a paranormal twist. I think it will appeal to quite a wide range of readers. It also has quite a dark tone that I found to be the most exciting part of the book. The beginning of the story starts off kind of slow, but if you can get through the first two chapters, you wont be let down. Eventually you will be sucked in by intrigue and thought provoking. Smiraldi paints a great picture in my head with his creative use of words. The story is a complicated twist of events, but you definitely had to make sure you were paying attention to all the small details, because they eventually come back around later in the book. The whole book is full of twists and turns that were all very unexpected, but enjoyable.   Richard Smiraldi has a great imagination that I found to be the aspect to keep me hooked on the book. He develops the characters in a strong and realistic way. They are all relatable and I felt like I knew each and every one, on a personal level. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystery, suspense, thriller, or paranormal books and give this book a 5/5.
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Death and Disappearances is an interesting book but I’m not sure if it’s in a good way or in a bad way. Montgomery loves his entitled life with his artist wife, Petula, until he wakes up one day with a large lump on his head and a missing wife. At first I thought it was a typical mystery novel with a taste of the 1950s. If it were a movie it would be filmed in black and white. The further into the book I read, the stranger the book became as voodoo, vampires and the supernatural got involved. I wasn’t always sure what was going on, in part due to how the book read on my ereader. I found it a bit hard to follow who was speaking at times due to how it formatted on my ereader but that may have been my device’s fault. I would have enjoyed the supernatural twist if it hadn’t seemed like it just didn’t fit in with the story. The main character was interesting and I liked Mont a lot. I think if I read the book a second time I may get a bit more out of it since I would know who’s who and what’s what. The cover is rather bland and basic but kind of goes with the 50s feel that I got from the story. This was a good enough read that I will look for other books to read by this author.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Montgomery and Petulia have a comfortable marriage. They very much love each other, but he is oblivious to Petulia’s discomfort of his family’s attitude toward her. When Petulia walks out during an argument, and never comes back, Mongomery is devastated. During his search for her, he discovers that time travel is possible, and that Petulia may not be who he thinks she is. This book was confusing in nearly every aspect. I couldn’t tell if Petulia and Odette had switched places or not. Which one was really the vampire, and what did that have to do with the story? Even the bird and the time travel didn’t make sense or seem relevant. The story was just all over the place and didn’t have any kind of structure. It left me with more questions than answers.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Montgomery Clark, a struggling author who is lucky enough to come from a family who can afford to support a starving artist, is frantically looking for his missing wife, Petula Beaujolais. She stormed out after a spat and hasn’t been seen since. On his way to find her we meet many characters, some from the present and some not so present. Will he find her and reunite or will the worst be discovered? Death and Disappearances reads like 1950’s film noire, with a bit of more modern sparkly vampire supernatural thrown in for good measure. The main characters, particularly the upper class socialite snobs, seem a little over the top to be believable, although terribly amusing. I have to admit the ending was a bit predictable, but I would have actually liked more monologuing by the eventual villain, particularly more about how/why Petula’s fate came to be. She reconciled the explanation a bit too quickly and cleanly with Mont, and the supernatural aspect led to more confusion than was necessary I thought, at least without getting into more of that dimension, as it left me feeling more like it was just weird than awed or scared. Overall a quick, interesting read, but I thought it just needed a little more polishing.