Book Reviews & Giveaway: The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong by Angela Kay

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The Murder of Manny Grimes
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #1
By Angela Kay
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night
during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the
swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he
investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the
boys telling the truth?

 
With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator
Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive
or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the
closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling
apart.
 
Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong
begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he
spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons
and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
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The Murder of Manny Grimes is a detective murder mystery with some twists as well as one of those detectives who is very good at his job but also has difficulty keeping his personal life together. Lieutenant Jim DeLong and his wife have not been in a good place for quite a while. 
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When three kids find a body and report it to the police, there’s no one there and if there was, all the evidence is gone. The boys know that it was their vice principal so at least they have that to go on. But is it really a murder or are the boys just making up stories? And why is DeLong hearing voices that no one else is hearing? Is it Manny Grimes from the grave or is DeLong going crazy?
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The characters are complicated and I never knew what they were going to do which made the book even more interesting.
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I’ve always enjoyed a good detective novel with a twist. The only thing that I would suggest is to get the book edited. The dialogue quotes are all messed up. **I was informed by the author that she has fixed the problems. 🙂
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Blood Runs Cold
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #2
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A young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and
Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the
most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into
the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he’s longed to
forget.

 
The victim is his sister-in-law, and old thoughts he’s fought to delete
will be resurrected whether DeLong likes it or not. He and his
brother have been estranged by unhappy times in their youth. With no
clear motive, DeLong questions his ability to remain objective.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Blood Runs Cold is the second book in The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong. I liked the first book but this one was even better. It starts with the murder of Jim DeLong’s sister-in-law and he’s allowed to be the lead in the case even though he’s related. 

DeLong and his brother, Sullivan aka Sully, are estranged because of guilt they feel from some things that happened when they were teens and ended up in juvie. Neither DeLong has been able to get over what happened to them and it’s been easier to just stay away from each other so they don’t have to face those feelings.

There are many possible suspects even though the victim was a good woman who tried to help troubled teens. It takes some serious investigating, but DeLong gets to the bottom of it. At the same time, he and his brother have a chance to make things right with their relationship…maybe?

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Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University,
Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming
up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.

 
Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright
contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of
this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater
Company.
 
She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.
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One Response to “Book Reviews & Giveaway: The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong by Angela Kay”

  1. teatimeandbooks76 August 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! -Janet @ Silver Dagger Book Tours

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