Sarah McKinney, lawyer and international mediator.In the award-winning second book in this mystery series, an offer to help her mentor locate his estranged daughter takes Sarah to the Dordogne region of rural France. There, she uncovers a troubled history that parallels her own. To rescue the woman she has come to find, she must confront danger as well as her own demons.FiSarah McKinney, lawyer and international mediator.In the award-winning second book in this mystery series, an offer to help her mentor locate his estranged daughter takes Sarah to the Dordogne region of rural France. There, she uncovers a troubled history that parallels her own. To rescue the woman she has come to find, she must confront danger as well as her own demons.First place for International Mystery and Crime in the 2015 CLUE awards (Chanticleer Reviews)...
|Title||:||A Dangerous Descent (Sarah McKinney Mysteries #2)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||204 Pages|
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A Dangerous Descent (Sarah McKinney Mysteries #2) Reviews
A hectic life, a missing daughter, love lost and found come together in this spellbinding mystery thriller, Miriam Exall’s second book in the Sarah McKinney series, A Dangerous Descent. Sarah McKinney, a witty, hard-working New Yorker, is whisked off to France to help her old mentor find his long lost daughter in the second book of this thrilling mystery series.Sarah McKinney was happy with her chaotic life as a mediator in New York, where the most complicated thing she had to deal with was her love life. When she meets up with an old mentor, she doesn’t expect the meeting to end with her hoping a plane and flying halfway across the world.But hop that plane she does, to help out her mentor fulfill his promise to his dying wife: locate their estranged daughter living in France. But finding Chantal isn’t easy. She’s not where she’s supposed to be. With urgent business back home, Sarah’s mentor pleads with her to find his daughter. She agrees and with the help of an old flame, she’s off to locate the missing girl.But finding Chantal proves more difficult than expected and Sarah finds herself chasing leads down dangerous paths.Marian Exall’s A Dangerous Descent is a captivating mystery that skillfully keeps the reader glued to the page. The book starts out with a light tone that tricks readers into thinking they are following the witty escapades of a New Yorker, only to find the journey darkening and becoming much more dangerous as the story progresses.But the immediate likeability of Sarah, as well as her touching relationships, keeps the novel positive. Readers will smile as often as they grip the seat of their chairs.Indeed, Sarah’s narration is perhaps the best part of the novel and she remains worth rooting for throughout the story. Her traumatic childhood has left her tougher than a bed of nails, and she keeps her wits about her during terrifying situations. Exall masters the characterization of Sarah, portraying her as a sharp, collected professional against the foil of Chantal’s bizarre disappearance.Exall’s writing is sharp and well-paced, with natural dialogue and gorgeous descriptions of setting. So much so, the reader is bound to feel as if they are in France as well!A Dangerous Descent is Book 2 of a thrilling mystery series with a soft-spot for tender-hearted lovers.
Marian Exall's second in this series of Sarah McKinney Mysteries surpasses the first in both story line and writing skill. In this second book, Sarah is called upon to find a lost daughter and her search takes her to southern France. Once the story got underway, I found myself dropped into place and time and didn't come up for air until I finished reading the last page. There is a story within this story - how Sarah's search for this lost daughter trigger her own unfinished childhood traumas - treating me to an onion-peeling sequence on several levels. Very well done.I highly recommend it, but I also recommend starting with the first book before reading this one. Sarah's personality and inner anguish play a bigger role in this second book and I am glad I got to know her well by reading the first mystery before this one.
I bought this little book by a local author at a recent literary event. She suggested that I buy this, her second, book instead of the first because "it was better." I must say that it kept me engrossed and I think she has a good thing going. The mystery, itself, was intriguing and I enjoyed the fact that it took me to France. Exhall did a nice job of fleshing out the characters for the most part. (view spoiler)[However, I felt that in humanizing her protagonist, Sarah McKinney, she made her a bit whiney. It seemed like she was always "explaining" how she felt rather than simply having moments of weakness here and there. I thought the book was strongest at the beginning and middle leaving some ambiguity in the end. Perhaps Exall is expecting to flesh some of that out in the next McKinney mystery.(hide spoiler)]All in all, a pretty good job for a new writer.