Book Review: Death in the Dark by: Emily Kimelman

Rating: 4/5

Publish Date: December 1, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: Trade Paperback/E-book

Order From:  Kindle

Synopsis: When the fugitive, Joy Humbolt, accepts her new identity as the Private Detective, Sydney Rye, she must learn to control her emotions and her out of control dog, Blue. With the help of an expert trainer Sydney learns to fight with her mind as well as her body. However, when the daughter of her close friend is brutally murdered in the desert Rye turns away from her trainer to seek revenge. Sydney's quick temper and deadly intentions lead her into a trap that she will need all of her new skills to survive.

Review: ‘Death in the Dark’ is the second installment in the Sydney Rye series. The book is novella length (104 pages) and follows directly after the events in ‘Unleashed’. Joy (well, Sydney now) is hanging out in Mexico, trying to find some kind of enjoyment in her new life. Just when she’s settling in, Mulberry comes back and is trying to get her to accept being a PI, which involves training – lots and lots of training. Mulberry gets a man named Merl to train her in fighting techniques and in working as a team with her dog, Blue.

Sydney has run from everyone, had her identity changed to protect her, and is now just existing in Mexico. She’s depressed about her situation and she needs something to pick her back up. Her revitalization comes in two forms: Merl, the trainer Mulberry has hired, and a case! I like Sydney’s character because she’s vulnerable, yet when faced with a challenge she steps up to the plate. I really liked the introduction of Merl, his philosophy, and his dogs. I hope we get to see him again in future books. ‘Death in the Dark’ moves quickly once the action picks up and while I may not always agree with Sydney’s methods, she gets the job done with her unique blend of spunk, sarcasm, and humor. I’m excited to see where Ms. Kimelman will take Sydney and Blue next!

Sydney Rye Series: Unleashed (1), Death in the Dark (2), Insatiable (3)


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