Dead to Life

Sara Mason Mysteries Book Three

Fiction - Suspense
324 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2021
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Author Biography

Mary Deal, a multi-genre, award-winning, Amazon Bestselling Author, is a native of Walnut Grove in California's Sacramento River Delta, now residing in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was Founder and past President of Kauai Writer's Roundtable in Hawaii. She is Pushcart Prize nominee. Mary is also an artist, photographer, and former newspaper columnist and editor of a print magazine.

Her Books: Legacy of the Tropics, a sea/adventure trilogy. The Ka, a paranormal Egyptian suspense. River Bones - Sara Mason Mysteries Book One, a thriller, Down to the Needle, a thriller. The Howling Cliffs - Sara Mason Mysteries Book Two, thriller. Off Center in the Attic, short stories and flash fiction. Write It Right - Tips for Authors, writing instruction. Hypno-Scripts - Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation, self-help. Sea Cliff, a romance. Dead to Life – Sara Mason Mysteries Book Three, a thriller.

2021 Global eBook Awards - Winner/Gold
2021 International Book Awards - Finalist
2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist
2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Winner
2019 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist
2017 Global eBook Awards Bronze
2016 International Book Awards Finalist
2016 Global eBook Awards Silver
2016 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist
2015 Global eBook Awards Bronze
2014 National India Excellence Book Awards Finalist
2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist
2009 Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Dead to Life is another installment of the Sara Mason Mysteries by Mary Deal. On a tour of Vietnam searching for missing persons, Sara Mason and her partner, Huxley Keane, stumble upon a long-lost key belonging to Huxley's older brother, Rocky, who went MIA in 1972. Eager to know his fate, Sara and Huxley begin a thorough investigation, picking up clues that point toward Rocky's former girlfriend, Emma Ellis. However, when Sara and Huxley interview people who used to be close to Emma, they find themselves uncovering a larger conspiracy involving drugs and human trafficking. Additionally, Huxley is beaten up to within an inch of his life while Sara is knocked unconscious and locked in a basement. They must now find the culprit behind the scenes before their lives are at risk.

With numerous twists and turns, reveals, and plenty of thrills, author Mary Deal crafts an intricate sleuth story that keeps your eyes glued to the pages from start to finish. With a fast-moving plot that moves in unexpected ways, Dead to Life is a page-turner of a novel and a blast to read. The underlying chemistry between Sara and Huxley powers the narrative thrust and forms the bedrock of the story. The characters have decent arcs and distinct personalities, but their primary function is to move the plot forward. Sara's relentless pursuit of the truth despite facing monumental obstacles was one of the primary highlights of the book. I would recommend Dead to Life to anyone who enjoys sleuth stories and mysteries.