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Sleuth Slayer         
Sleuth Slayer
By Jeffrey B. Burton
ISBN: 978-1-929763-32-0
Price: $17.95
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The father and son writing team of Bruce W. Burton and Jeffrey B. Burton join forces in Sleuth Slayer.

America's leading mystery writers are being brutally murdered. Third-tier author Guy Davitt—a would-be Dashiell Hammett—stumbles upon the killer’s bizarre M.O. (the deaths are lifted from mystery novels). But Davitt cannot convince deeply skeptical police a "Sleuth Slayer" actually exists.

Through a dark labyrinth of film studio power brokers, publishing industry politics, a decadent family's wealthy influence, police immorality—as well as the dawning realization that he himself is on the killer's list—Davitt pursues the truth.

Sleuth Slayer is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com for the Kindle.

        
Book Review Details:
        
Reviewed Appeared In: Armchair Interviews
Reviewed By: Stephanie Boyd
Text Of Review: Timothy “Guy” Davitt is an average mystery writer who is barely making a living on his mystery series, when his friend and fellow author Jax, tries to convince him that someone is murdering mystery authors. Guy just doesn’t listen, and then Jax dies in a freak automobile accident–and Guy can’t get past the Jax’s suspicions. Were authors being murdered so carefully that they all looked like accidents (with the kind of deaths lifted from mystery novels)? Had Jax been murdered too? Guy is beginning to think so. Then he is threatened in an email–and then another author, Frances, shows up at his house with a story about almost being killed. What is going on? Will Guy and his friends be able to stop the murders and catch the murderer before more mystery writers are killed? Will Guy be next?

Sleuth Slayer is skillful new mystery by a father-and-son team. At the beginning of the story, I thought Guy was a little self-absorbed and a bit of a loser, but as the story progresses, you see his character mature and see his loyalty to his friends, which is an admirable trait. There are several good secondary characters that I enjoyed. I really liked Frances because she is intelligent, sharp-witted, and a great foil for Guy. I also liked Maggie, the LAPD detective that helps Guy and Frances with their attempts to figure out what is going on. Even though the main characters are amateur detectives, this reads a lot like a police procedural mystery with all the help that Guy and Frances get from the professionals.

The Burton author team keeps the suspense building through the story as Guy and Frances find one suspect after another and investigate. Then the story culminates with a marvelous plot twist that took me completely by surprise. I loved the ending!

I thoroughly enjoyed Sleuth Slayer and recommend it to mystery fans. I also anticipate there will be other successful titles from this author duo in the future.

Date Reviewed: April 2008
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Author Appearances: June 17, 2008 - 11:30 to 1:30 pm - Red Rock Center for the Arts - 222 E. Blue Earth Ave, Fairmont, MN 56031

June 22, 2008 - 1:30 to 4:30 pm - Brit's Pub - Nicollet Mall - Minneapolis, MN 55403

October 11, 2008 - 10:00 am -5:00 pm - Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

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