Lexie Reed is back home in Melbourne after five years in New York - newly divorced and coming to terms with life not turning out as sheâ€™d planned. She has secured an advance from an up-market womenâ€™s magazine, to write several articles on domestic violence. Lexie has been given access to a womenâ€™s shelter for the purpose of research. Here she meets both acceptance and resiLexie Reed is back home in Melbourne after five years in New York - newly divorced and coming to terms with life not turning out as sheâ€™d planned. She has secured an advance from an up-market womenâ€™s magazine, to write several articles on domestic violence. Lexie has been given access to a womenâ€™s shelter for the purpose of research. Here she meets both acceptance and resistance.Vulnerable women and children are going missing from the shelter. Jillian Laidlaw is one of them. Nobody would have noticed â€“ except that her abusive husband Sean has been murdered. Lexie discovers the whereabouts of Jillian and wonâ€™t let police politics or her own self-doubts get in the way of rescuing her. Sheâ€™s not going to live life with 'If Only' - not anymore!DSS Wil Saddington is in the middle of a divorce he doesnâ€™t want, has a partner no on else will work with, and a murder to investigate when all he wants to do is go home and sulk. Lexie Reed wonâ€™t let that happen. Sheâ€™s in his face, and pushing hard....
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Dead Guilty Reviews
Lexie Reed is my kind of female protagonist. Sheâ€™s strong and independent but she has her foibles and thatâ€™s what makes her so likeable. In fact I found myself drawn to this lead character from the very first page. I thought the story was well constructed and very well paced with a great twist at the end. Crime fiction is my favorite genre and this book certainly did not disappoint. There is also the tiniest hint of romance and I hope that the author develops this in the next book in the series.I really enjoyed the Melbourne setting and reading about places Iâ€™ve visited.I am looking forward to reading more Lexie Reed novels from this talented Australian author.
Originally published under the title AN ACT OF REPARATION, DEAD GUILTY uses the complex subject of domestic abuse as a vehicle to explore the ongoing abuse and exploitation of women in very vulnerable situations.Starting out with the murder of an abusive husband Sean Laidlaw, journalist Lexie Reed stumbles upon the subsequent disappearance of his wife and daughter's from a local crisis shelter. Whilst the police are initially focused on the murder, which was caused a particularly brutal head-injury inflicted by a wood splitter, they are forced by Reed's discoveries to also look for / consider the fate of the wife and children. Having recently returned to Melbourne after her divorce, life is not exactly panning out as she had intended. Trying to re-establish a career in journalism once she returns, the causes and results of domestic abuse have been something she's been working on for some time, so the commissioning of articles for a local women's magazine is serendipitous. As a result of these articles, Reed gains access inside many local crisis shelters, but there's something very odd about the one that Jillian Laidlaw fled to after deciding to leave her abusive husband. For a start it's odd that Sean found them - and was seen standing outside the house yelling for his wife. It's also odd that this particular shelter hires a security guard who is always on call - and is immediately under suspicion when police start to discover some details of the night that Laidlaw dies.DSS Wil Saddington is a man whose personal life mirrors Reeds in that he's also looking at divorce, although he's not a willing participant in that. Whilst his career is more settled than that of Reed, he feels like a man who is lost, not sure what to do with himself next, whereas Reed is sad about the breakdown of her marriage, but more determined to move on. As they start to work together there is no obvious romantic "frisson" between them, in fact there's quite a bit of suspicion and dislike to start out.There's an equal focus between the investigative roles, although it could be that this dual perspective is part of what makes the plot leap ahead in some places and lag in many important aspects. For example it's hard to understand why, on the rescue of the badly abused Jillian, it takes what feels like an interminable time for either Reed or DSS Saddington to twig that two young girls are obviously still in danger. None of which is helped by a number of meanderings around in sub-threads of sexy neighbours, idiot young policemen, magazine bosses who are tricky to read, difficult mothers, supportive sisters and heaps of personal issues. Whilst many of these elements have merit, they also sometimes feel like they are drowning the main threads out.For a debut novel DEAD GUILTY is one seriously big undertaking, introducing a couple of strong central characters with similar personal problems that affect them both differently. They are sympathetic together, and their reasons for co-operating worked well. There's also a strong relationship between Saddington and his side-kick who is a tricky prospect however you look at him. DEAD GUILTY is the first in a series of novels featuring Reed and Saddington, so it will be interesting to see what issue Godenzi decides to tackle next time out.http://www.austcrimefiction.org/revie...
Alexis Lexie Reed the avid jogger & recently divorced from Doug; had moved from New York, to Melbourne, Australia. Lexie had an interview with Megan Kestler (editor, Contemporary Woman) for a job.Lex (journalist) researched, interviewed & wrote articles on Domestic Violence. Detective Senior Sergeant Wil Saddington (Moreland P/D Major Incident Unit), Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Marty Hanratty & Detective Senior Sergeant Terry Hanly were on the crime scene. Sean Laidlaw (son-in-law) had been murdered.Julie Asling (neighbor) was interviewed.Jillian Laidlaw (nee Claussen) Seanâ€™s wife/their 2 daughters: Charlotte Laidlaw & Bonnie Laidlaw had left him quite some time ago.The parents: Ralph Laidlaw & Christine Laidlaw were notified. Lexie went to see Sonja De Bruin (director) at the McHale Shelter in Essendon. Eddie Kovacs is the security guard there.Wil presented the autopsy report results from Norman Steinberg (Forensic Pathologist/Chief ME) on Sean to Constable Davis (boss). Wil & Marty were checking all the other womanâ€™s shelters to see if they could find Jillian & the 2 girls. The 2 Detectives were interviewing Paige Townsend (Tiffany employee, Social Sciences, housemother).Lexie was doing her own investigation of the missing mother/2 daughters.Will Jillian, Charlotte & Bonnie be found? 10 yrs. as an ES crisis MSW, the stories I heard from domestic violence victims. I taught psychosocial groups, went to court & of course worked with the homeless/battered woman shelters. I did graduate level PP presentations on this subject matter. I also was abused as a child, & thank God finally ended up in foster care. What upsets me the most is your local P/D, & some court systems how they handle the cases.& in other foreign countries where nothing gets done at all. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a large set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime movie, or mini TV series. Just when you thought you had it figured out, a curve ball. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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I received this book as a First Read. The concept was interesting but the pace was slow. There are a lot of extraneous details and the book is a bit overly descriptive which makes it hard to get through the book. I think some editing would've helped this book out a lot to tighten it up with more focus on the action to move the story forward and less focus on the minute descriptive details.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel introducing a great female character Lexie Reed and detective Wil Saddington. Nice humourous touches throughout to lighten the central crime story - particularly liked Wil's partner Marty and his 'balls-of-steel'. An enjoyable trip around Melbourne too was an added bonus. It is great to have a new series to follow and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.