Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Caroline Moore was a handpicked, bright and upcoming star in the office where she worked. That is, until she wound up dead the evening of a very important dinner for the company. Her death brought together a varied cast of characters, each with their own reasons for wanting the young woman out of the way. It soon becomes clear to the detectives that more lies beneath the surface of the simple murder investigation. In fact, the most obvious suspect is clouded by Caroline's own mysterious past, leaving the detectives in the middle of a whirlwind of an investigation.
The main plot and underlying plots of this book were well thought out and very interesting to me. I was drawn in from the beginning because of how realistic the interaction between Caroline and her husband was written. Their marriage had been on the rocks for a long while and the dialogue clearly showed how far apart they truly were. The characters are individual threads that become woven together to create a good mystery. The only problem I had with the story was an instance where the timeline of the story didn't mesh up to what had been written in the chapter. The detectives leave a diner to investigate and a short time later do the same thing. It broke the spell of the story for me but I was able to dive back into it. The conclusion was one that I didn't see coming and I do love how the author keeps the reader wondering. If you're looking for an interesting murder mystery, this book should be on that list.
Engineered Murder by Virginia R. Benson is available in both paperback and Kindle form. It can be purchased at Amazon.com at the link below.
Engineered Murder by Virginia R. Benson