West Heart Kill – Dann McDorman #review

Book cover of West Heart Kill - Dann McDorman

Title: West Heart Kill
Dann McDorman
Publisher: Raven Books


It’s the Fourth of July weekend at the prestigious West Heart country club. Gathered for cocktails on the first evening are just some of the the club president, the treasurer and his pregnant wife, the snooping school boy, the bereaved father, the taciturn caretaker, the prospective member, the private detective…

And there will also be a body.

And a fiendish mystery to solve.

But everything else is all to play for.

And you are about to find out that you have a role to play in this mystery too….

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My review:

West Heart Kill is an intriguing and original novel that I found enjoyable, though it did leave me a bit perplexed at times…

The plot focuses on a murder that has taken place in a members’ lodge. A Detective has been invited along to investigate a different matter, but ends up getting sucked in, and eventually we realise that everyone there could be a suspect…

Because of the location, there are a LOT of characters to keep track of – which I struggled with at times. The reader is being spoken directly to by the author, which I don’t often come across, especially in crime novels, but I thought this added some extra originality to the story. There were also some excerpts where the author discusses other classic ‘whodunnit’ plots and devices, and I really enjoyed those.

I tend to enjoy a locked-room mystery, and West Heart Kill is no exception. It’s entertaining and readable (although I did slightly lose track of what was going on in the middle, before getting back to grips with it towards the end), and it certainly stands out amongst other books in the genre. I’d recommend giving this a go if you enjoy an original, fast-paced whodunnit!

My rating: 4/5

Many thanks to the publisher, Raven Books, for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest review.


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