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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Dell's Luck is the second book in the Red Mist Series by ML Biddison, a thriller that is intelligently plotted and executed with the touch of a master’s hand. Dell’s life has never been easy and she’s had a fair share of trouble on the streets, which makes her the right person to be Sheriff Vern Warner’s Deputy. When Dell runs across Irene, a young Lakota girl who is just about to commit suicide, she decides to bring her in. But the probe into her story reveals an underbelly of sex and drug trafficking that threatens vulnerable girls. Spurred by her own painful experience, Dell is determined to get to the bottom of it, but little does she know that she is on the path to meeting one of the most dreadful images from her own past. And this time around, what will it take to beat the man?
ML Biddison is a great storyteller and it is utterly enjoyable reading the eloquent prose. The narrative is poetic and seems to flow just so naturally. From the very beginning, the reader is captivated by the power of the descriptive prose, with the protagonist sleeping in austere conditions: “Memory wafted in. No roof, only sky with the moonlight molding a shadowland of mystery around her. The ground pressed hard underneath, even with its loft of grassland cushion.” The story begins with a powerful premise: the protagonist finds a vulnerable girl who is just about to shoot herself. The reader wants to know who this girl is and what would prompt her to want to take her own life. It is the beginning of a conflict that is more than physical—it moves quickly and takes on psychological dimensions. Dell's Luck is deft and balanced, featuring well-developed and interesting characters and themes that are realistic.