Book Review & Giveaway: Necessities by Boyd Taylor

Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Category: Adult Fiction, 225 pages
Genre: Suspense Crime Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: December 5, 2017
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is a murder and elusions to sex. Some mild cursing)


Book Description

Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first three books in this series (Hero, The Antelope Play, and The Monkey House) over the past couple of weeks and I’ve enjoyed them but Necessities is my favorite Donnie Ray Cuinn book so far. 

What’s interesting is that Donnie Ray Cuinn doesn’t appear in Necessities until about halfway through the book. The first half is the journal of David Lewis and it describes how he got to where he is right now: on trial for the murder of his wife’s lover. 

Donnie has made a good life for himself in the panhandle of Texas. He’s turned out to be a good lawyer and ends up defending David Lewis even though Lewis could afford any lawyer he wanted. 

The characters are interesting. Donnie has matured since the first book and isn’t the jerk he was. David Lewis is a war hero and double amputee. He gets involved with Cordelia Lehrer, whose father is very rich and rather quirky. David passes muster with Cordelia’s father and they end up getting married. But he has some surprises ahead of him.

I read this book in one sitting because it was difficult to put down. I had to find out what happens. It has a couple twists that I didn’t see coming and the ending is perfect. I definitely recommend Necessities and it does stand on its own.


Meet the Author


BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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