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Mysteries Of Life
24 January 2014
This outstanding novella by Howard McKinley is a mystery drama with a twist and also a story of love related with a strong art theme. Alex, Celia, and Rupert were inseparable during their three years at Oxford University. Alex, a talented artist, moved to Brooklyn turning his talents to sculpture and assisting the NYPD in reconstructing faces from skulls. He lives with Maeve, an investigative journalist. Rupert is an ambitious control freak who becomes hugely successful in the legal world. The beautiful Celia has ambitions to be an actress. Alex is in love with her, noticed by Rupert, who has similar, if darker feelings allied with jealousy.
On a Long Island NY golf course, wealthy and successful crime novelist Nattie Broward is hatching his plans to develop the hurricane damaged Poseidon golf club into a hotel and housing complex. He is a friend of Alex who helped him with one of his novels. Plans suddenly go on hold after a gruesome discovery that changes the whole direction of the story.
The author brings his characters to life, showing them to the reader in real terms, richly drawing their personalities written with uncluttered sentences and prose. This delivers an authenticity both to the locations and the protagonists. The narrative is strong with a relentless quest for justice and a release from Alex's past memories. The plot throws up surprises and delivers a satisfying twist and a killer-blow at the end. Beautifully written and highly entertaining.