Whanganui Midweek - 2021-06-09


Shocks keep coming in gripping whodunnit


Jill Nicholas

Aftershock By Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell, HarperCollins $29.99 .. When medical examiner Dr Jessie Teska arrives at a San Francisco building site in the creepy dark before the dawn, she's confronted by a pile of pipes. Seemingly the band holding them together has snapped and they've toppled. Teska's aware she wouldn't have been called out unless there was more to be seen than pipes. She's right. Beneath them is a severely crushed body, it's that of a man in a business suit, totally out of place on a construction site. He's identified as the top flight architect who's designed the controversial building that's being erected. This is no workplace accident, it's a homicide. Inquiries are in full swing when an earthquake up there on the Richter scale strikes. From there on in Teska and her team are dealing with a multiplicity of bodies. Busy as this makes her mortuary day job, solving who killed the architect is paramount. American authors Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell, now Wellington-based, have crafted a gripping whodunnit with more tension than it's probably good for the blood pressure to handle. Risk it, it's worth every harrowing red herring this duo throw their readers' way. —


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