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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Dead Dirty is the fifth book in the Adie Sturm Mystery series by Anastasia Amor, a splendid meld of mystery, murder, and sleuth. It starts with the body of a beautiful girl from a cruise ship washed ashore in Cozumel. The brother, a member of Adie Sturm’s tour group, doesn’t look as surprised as he should be. A friend's overdose and a suspicious incident push Adie to start asking questions. She has barely started with the investigation when deadly and shadowy characters begin to track her movements. Who wants to stop her so desperately and why, and can she get to the bottom of the mystery before someone kills her?
The narrative begins on a note of suspense as a character left for dead contemplates sweet revenge and imagines what it is going to feel like. The reader wants to know who this character is and who his enemies are. I enjoyed the stream of consciousness, the foreshadowing that readers experience before the action, and the author uses this style to explore the mindset of the characters and their emotions. Adie is a complex character, a martial arts fighter, a woman whose romantic life is a mess with interest shown from her ex and another man. The relationships between the characters are so well defined to allow the emotional side of the story to develop. Dead Dirty is cunningly plotted and written with the deftness of a master’s hand.