Shadows of Deceit by Mell Corcoran

Shadows of Deceit by Mell Corcoran
Publisher: Mill City Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (494 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Three bodies. No clues. No heads.

It takes more than a near-death experience to keep Detective Lou Donovan off the job. Three decapitated bodies are discovered in the empty house of a high-profile Colombian coffee mogul putting a drug cartel at the top of the suspect list. Or is that the perpetrator’s intent?

Lou and her team find themselves dancing on the edge of an international incident where every twist and turn uncovers a tangled web of murderous lies. When the absence of evidence is their strongest lead, Lou must find a way to solve the case while navigating a minefield that threatens to expose the people she has come to love.

Having recently finished Shadows of Doubt, the first book in this series, I was eager to read this one to see what lead character Lou was up to. Her life really changed, and almost ended in Shadows of Doubt, and in this installment Ms. Corcoran did a great job delving deeper into her personality. She’s a likeable character who’s rough around the edges, tells it like it is, and someone you’d definitely want on your side.

I really enjoyed the first story and this second one didn’t disappoint me either. If you’ve read Shadows of Doubt you already know what the added bonus was, that this is essentially a paranormal series, that gives gritty a whole new meaning. The plot builds along with the suspense, and just like the first story did, I found myself reading to find out if my own theories about these grizzly crimes were correct.

The dialogue is very natural sounding, the setting, once again icing on the cake, and the pacing, despite the book’s length, a rollercoaster ride. And there’s even a glimpse of romance thrown in there too.

I don’t know if the author has or is planning any more books in this series but I can’t wait to read more about Lou. If you like gritty mysteries with a healthy dose of the paranormal then I think this is a series you’ll enjoy but I recommend reading Shadows of Doubt first.


  1. Fred Kellerman says:

    One of the best strorie’s I have read.

  2. Craig Wilson says:

    I’m looking forward to checking a couple of those out. Thanks for sharing this list.
    The best in mystery and suspense that I’ve read this year was Alex Alexander’s ‘Ghost on the Lake’.
    A really unique and captivating ghost story with strong characters and excellent writing. It’s full of some very clever and unexpected twists too.
    I couldn’t put this one down once I got through the first couple of chapters.
    Highly recommended if you’re into supernatural stories.

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