Monday, December 2, 2013

Blog Tour: The Seduction of Miriam Cross by W. A Tyson

Author: W. A Tyson
Publisher: E-Lit Books
Date of publication: November 2013

 Miriam Cross, author, feminist and philanthropist, disappears from her Philadelphia home.  A year later, a lonely recluse named Emily Cray is brutally murdered in her bed in a small Pennsylvania town. The police discover that Emily Cray and Miriam Cross were one and the same, but if they know who killed Miriam, they’re not sharing.  Miriam’s niece wants answers.  She turns to the one woman she knows she can trust – private investigator Delilah Percy Powers.

As Delilah and her staff of female detectives – a militant homemaker, an ex-headmistress and a former stripper – delve into Miriam’s life, they become submerged in an underworld of unfathomable cruelty and greed with implications that go far beyond the gruesome death of one woman or the boundaries of one country.  Eventually Miriam’s fight for justice becomes Delilah’s own . . . and Delilah’s obsession with finding the truth may prove just as deadly.
I knew almost nothing about this book going into it.  I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed The Seduction of Miriam Cross.  It is a well written and planned out mystery.  I was sucked in right away and read it in a day.  There were a couple of things that I really enjoyed.  First, I didn't really know who the killer was until the end.  There were just enough suspects to keep me guessing, but not so many that I got annoyed or lost.  In the end, I was happy to see that the solution made sense and didn't come out of left field.

The other thing that I liked was that the story was told through the perspective of not just Delilah but her staff as well.  It allowed me to really get to know Nastasha and Barb's characters better than them being just peripheral characters relayed through Delilah.  All of the women in the agency are strong women and each brings a unique talent and perspective to the group.  I only wish that I had learned more about Margo, the ex-nun.  Maybe in the next book?

As I said the mystery was enjoyable.  It starts out as a true puzzle.  What they learn in their investigation of the murder of Miriam Cross was just horrifying and disgusting.  Human trafficking is a real problem in this world.  It was nice to see some justice, even if it was in a fictitious story.

The only thing that I disliked about the book was the "romance" between Delilah and Anders.  I just didn't see or feel it.  It almost felt like and afterthought to the story and I think the book would have been fine without it.  I do hope that it is explored more in the next book in the series. I highly recommned this book to mystery lovers.  I don't think you will be disappointed!

About the author:

W. A. Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers.  The Seduction of Miriam Cross, to be published by E-Lit Books this fall, is the first in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series.  She has also authored Killer Image (Henery Press, October 2013), the first novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series.

Connect with the author at her website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Tour stops:

Monday, December 2nd:  From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, December 4th:  Book-alicious Mama
Thursday, December 5th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, December 6th:  Not in Jersey
Monday, December 9th:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, December 10th:  Simply Stacie
Wednesday, December 11th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, December 12th:  Reading Reality
Thursday, December 12th:  Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, December 13th:  Bibliotica
Monday, December 16th:  Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, December 17th:  Staircase Wit
Wednesday, December 18th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Thursday, December 19th:  A Chick Who Reads
Friday, December 20th:  Broken Teepee
Monday, December 23rd:  Bookchickdi

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love a well-put-together mystery!

Thanks for being on the tour.