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It's a Monday when Monette Hobbes runs over her husband. Lowell is rushed to Community General Hospital, where he dies despite the efforts of Drs. Mark Sloan and Jesse Travis to save him.

Monette had a decent motive for the murder. Lowell had been having an affair with Monette's daughter from a previous marriage. The strange thing is, the affair had been over for a year, about the time Monette hired PI Nick Stryker to follow her husband.

Nick is no stranger to Mark. The two had reluctantly worked together on a case not that long ago. He's a dishonest PI who would rather blackmail people then present his findings to his clients.

The fact that the affair had been over for a year nags at Mark, and he tries to call Nick. His reward is a box delivered in the mail with a letter asking Mark to use the enclosed blackmail material to solve Nick's murder.

Mark immediately turns the box over to his son Steve, a detective with the LAPD. While Steve begins the process of putting these criminals behind bars, Mark begins to trace Nick's steps in the last few days of his life. What could Nick have done recently to drive someone to kill?

I am addicted to these books. I picked this book up and couldn't stop reading until I had reached the end. The story is engaging with several twists. While I did expect a couple of them, the ending was much more complicated then I expected. The plot moves forward at a steady pace with the initial revelations only leading to more questions until everything begins to fall into place.

As always, Lee Goldberg captures the characters well. These aren't just characters named Mark, Jesse, Steve, Amanda, and Susan, but these are the characters as portrayed by Dick van Dyke and the others on the TV show. Their interactions are right off the screen. Unfortunately, Jesse, Amanda, and Susan don't have much page time in this book, and I really do miss them. Their scenes are memorable, however, with the wonderful teasing and joking I loved from the series. The characters work on their own as well. You don't need to have watched the show to understand their relationships.

There are really only a few new characters that have any significant time, and they are well fleshed out. The others are developed enough for their scene or two, and feel like real people.

These novels are beginning to create their own world apart from the TV show on which they are based. There are several references to events in the previous five books, so it's best to read them in order to avoid being spoiled.

If you haven't yet discovered this fun and inventive series, don't wait another day. Anyone looking for a good read will enjoy these books whether they liked the TV show or not.
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VINE VOICEon 7 May 2006
Another fantastic read from Lee Goldberg. This story has you gripped from the outset and doesn't let you go until the very end. It keeps you guessing about what is actually going on and who the murderer is (and if you are anything like me, you will never guess correctly until the end when the person is named as the killer!). A brilliantly written book that should be read by any Diagnosis Murder fan
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VINE VOICEon 3 October 2007
when Nick Stryker, a dishonest PI who has worked with Mark Sloan in the past, disappears, and a letter turns up telling Mark that if he has received said letter, Nick Stryker is dead. What follows, is a tale of blackmail, unjust imprisonment, and drama. Can Mark once again piece the clues together to get to he bottom of this mystery?
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on 15 March 2008
I bought this book off amazon as i love watching diagnosis murder. Its an excellent read, with twists right to the very end in true diagnosis murder style. Ive now read this a few times over. I would definently reccomend this as a holiday book or something to get you through the cold nights!
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