Death Is Overrated: a mystery

Death Is Overrated: a mystery

by Jeffrey Perren


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"Professor Thomas Payne didn't intend to wind up dead on his caving vacation to Wales, and in truth he wasn't the victim. But proving his identity to the police becomes tricky after they pull his passport off the body and conclude the deceased is Dr. Payne, no doubt.

Things go from bogus to baffling when a mysterious phone call at the crime scene leads to the arrest of the young scientist. His fate seems sealed when the victim's fingerprints match the professor's work visa and his employment records disappear altogether.

A tart-tongued American with no identity looks like a pretty good patsy to the detectives eager to close the case. Being accused of killing himself presents the brooding inventor with an interesting puzzle, but taking time to solve it from jail will threaten his deadline to file a patent worth millions.

Intervention by the smitten police captain's sculptress daughter frees Thomas to search for clues to prove his innocence before his invention goes up for grabs. So, it's off around the UK with Terri, one jump ahead of the authorities - and his estranged sociopathic father, a lapsed Quaker who may be the real killer. One slip and claustrophobia will be the least of his problems.

Thomas' journey soon becomes as much about healing his troubled past as recovering his present self. Along the way, he'll battle betrayals by his envious staff, romance the rebellious artist, and suffer harrowing misadventures at historic sites in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Travel - even to find yourself - was never so perilous."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491275443
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/03/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Perren wrote his first short story at age 12 and went on to win the Bank of America Fine Arts award at 17. Since then he has published at award-winning sites and magazines from the U.S. to New Zealand.

He is also the author of the historical novel Cossacks in Paris, an historical novel set in the Napoleonic Era.

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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Professor Thomas Payne looks down at a body that other people are claiming is him – a very dead man with brutal marks that indicate foul play!  The more Payne insists the body is not him, the more he seems to be getting himself into deeper trouble.  He is taken to the local jail and the inquiring police officer believes he is the murderer, albeit the fact that missing evidence is all that questions Payne’s guilt. A meeting with the Police Captain’s daughter, Terri, seems like oil and water that simply will not mix; however, she seems to trust him enough to quietly arrange for his release from jail and that enables him to begin the search for the unknown murderer.  The betrayal of a colleague follows with destruction and theft; but it turns out that there is someone behind these actions who is even more deadly.  Add to that puzzle that Payne’s father, a former Quaker, is looking for Payne.  Sounds innocent enough, right?  It’s not. Terri’s father is a tough, competent detective, who is willing to give Payne the benefit of the doubt but will leave his guilt or innocence an open question.  In the meantime, Payne and Terri will be frustrated by a gauntlet of misunderstandings and missed meetings to contend with in spite of their growing feelings about each other. Death is Overrated is a superb mystery that will engage every reader with its numerous twists and turns.  The capacity for evil has no boundaries but the perseverance and integrity of better characters as well as the physical and mental tests arising on every page of this novel proves the better human beings.  Great read!
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries you should give DEATH IS OVERRATED a try. It is set in the UK and includes everything a good mystery should have. When you think you understand who the killer is or why the person was killed, something happens and you're lost again. The reader is kept guessing until the end, just like an Agatha Christie mystery. The author has managed to create well developed, likable characters and scenes which are not boring, but realistic. It allows the reader to imagine the characters crawling along in the small cave system, but also see the open countryside, while being glad you're not the one experiencing the wind and rain as it attacks them. Each person in the story is given just enough information for the reader to appreciate the person for who and what they are, without droning on and on making them boring in the end. As the story opens, Thomas Payne is attempting to convince the local DI that he is indeed alive and not the dead body in front of them. Unable to do this, things take a turn for the worse and Thomas eventually ends up in jail. Once he is free, he is able to return to his lab, only to find disaster there also. Attempting to get a new passport, in hopes of returning to the USA, is harder than he ever imagined, as he has no records in his university's computer system. So he attempts to find who the victim is and why was he killed in the first place. Who could have done this and why, seems a mystery until the very end of the story when everything comes together and it all makes sense.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Death Is Overrated (Jeffrey Perren) Professor Thomas Payne (American) is off on vacation to Wales and finds himself in a strange predicament. The police believe he is dead, they even find his passport, work visa and identification. With the help of the police captain's daughter Terri, she helps spring him from jail, risking her life to try to help him solve this crime. As they dig deeper he begins to wonder if his Quaker father may be behind this switch and deceive murder. A page turning murder mystery. Twists, turns and surprises come up along the way. I loved the writing style, Thomas and Terri as well. I feel murder/mystery lovers will enjoy this book. Next I will be reading Cossacks In Paris also by Jeffrey Perren.