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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite
William Gensburger's mystery novel Angle of Death: A Mackenzie Michaels Mystery is a fast-paced crime story. Mackenzie Michaels, known as Maxie, and Kobe Jameson are detectives in the Corpus Christi Police Department. Devin Parker is a news reporter with the Corpus Christi Chronicle. Maxie, Kobe, and Devin have worked together on a previous investigation. When a Santa Barbara woman disappears, the Corpus Christi Sheriff receives a request for Maxie to be the lead investigator. In Santa Barbara, Maxie, Kobe, and Devin can find little information concerning the woman's disappearance. Their initial search of the place where the woman probably disappeared reveals nothing and there was no ransom note. Being in L.A. and Santa Barbara brings back bitter personal memories for Maxie. The missing woman's case becomes one that Maxie is determined to solve.
I enjoyed reading William Gensburger's Angle of Death, particularly due to its remarkable characters. I liked how the personalities of Maxie, Kobe, and Devin emerge through action, vivid narrative, and realistic dialogue. I viewed Maxie as a detective and a woman who is forthright, assertive, and alert to clues that people may reveal unwittingly, giving her valuable insights into a person's feelings and thinking. I liked the drama of the situations that showed Devin, Kobe, and Maxie working together as a team. The novel gained a wonderful dimension as personal stories became woven into the drama of the investigation. Kobe cares about others, and I liked the way he shared his knowledge and experiences. Devin's part in the novel was great, bringing a different perspective to the investigation and romance as well. The story twists and turns, reaching a climax with an unexpected ending! This is a great read and an exciting and suspenseful crime story!