Finding Lucy

The Dream Traveler Book Three

Fiction - Crime
255 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Finding Lucy: The Dream Traveler, Book Three is a time travel police procedural mystery novel written by Ernesto H. Lee. Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Sean McMillan and his partner Detective Constable Catherine Swain’s receipt of the Chief Constable’s commendation for exemplary service was quickly followed up with a request that they handle a cold case file of an extraordinarily sensitive nature. In 1972, Lucy Partington-Brown had disappeared from the Lincolnshire area where she and her family lived on their family’s estate. The investigation into her disappearance had gone cold after a number of possible suspects were vetted, and one had disappeared. Her father, who was the Member of Parliament for Spalding in Lincolnshire at the time she went missing, had asked the police to reopen her case. He was in his nineties and in failing health, and he needed the answers he had been waiting for all those years. The Home Secretary had personally asked that McMillan and Swain look into the matter. McMillan’s ability to time travel would make him particularly suited to handle a fifty-year-old case, no matter how sensitive.

Finding Lucy can be read as a stand-alone novel, as Detective Sergeant McMillan’s preface quickly gives new readers the background information they’ll need to enjoy this book. That said, I’d advise reading each of the books in this outstanding police procedural series, as I have. Lee’s characters are credible and finely crafted, and his plot is a solid one. I particularly enjoy police procedurals, and Lee’s mystery novel ranks up there with the best of them. His time traveler stories also address those thorny “make no change” issues, which science fiction fans delight in worrying about, with effortless finesse. Sean’s trips into the past are also lots of fun. I loved seeing him looking horrified at the bell-bottoms and wide-lapel jackets he wears to fit in with the 70s, and I marveled at his ability to stay standing in those platform boots, especially in icy conditions. Each of the books in The Dream Traveler Series has been a delightful read, and this one is no exception. I’m hoping for a fourth book in this series. Finding Lucy: The Dream Traveler, Book Three is most highly recommended.

Louanne Piccolo

When assigned to a missing person’s case from 1972, newly appointed Detective Sergeant Sean McMillan and his partner Detective Constable Catherine Swain mistakenly think that they have been given a straightforward cold case to work on. What initially seems to be an elderly man’s last attempt to find his daughter Lucy quickly turns into something far more complex. One missing person quickly becomes two, and Sean finds his own life threatened while trying to save the lives of a family and witnesses. Fortunately, Sean has the capacity to travel through time while sleeping. Is this a simple case of a missing young woman or will Sean uncover much more than he expects while visiting 1972? Finding Lucy by Ernesto H Lee will take you on a thrilling ride through time while challenging the boundaries of crime fiction.

It is easy to feel that there are no more original ideas in fiction, but Finding Lucy presents a fresh take on crime fiction with its element of time travel. Fast-paced and intense, Ernesto H Lee's writing effortlessly draws readers in and takes them on the hunt with the main characters – the mark of a talented storyteller! The characters are well developed and believable. Not content to tell a simple story of good versus evil, Ernesto H Lee focuses on the main characters' shortcomings, as well as those of the killer. Readers who enjoy fiction that successfully combines genres and toys with literary rules will love this book. I'm a fan of crime fiction and time travel, so this was a treat. As Finding Lucy is the third book in the series, I'm looking forward to treating myself to another of these thrilling mysteries.

Lucinda E Clarke

Finding Lucy by Ernesto H Lee is the third book in the Dream Traveler series and it can be read as a standalone, although there are links to the previous books. It is written in the first person as Detective Sergeant Sean McMillan works with his partner Detective Constable Catherine Swain dealing with cold cases. In this book, they have been assigned to investigate the disappearance of Lucy Partington Brown over forty years ago. It will not be an easy assignment as the aristocratic family has powerful friends and when Sean discovers some family members are not as innocent as they seem, he has to walk a fine line. Sean is a time traveler. He can send himself back in his dreams to witness the crimes as they actually took place. But when he returns to the present, it can be difficult to explain how he is so certain of what happened when there is no modern day evidence to back up what he’s seen. There is the further complication of Ben, who copies him and makes life very difficult due to his inexperience.

I chose to read and review Finding Lucy by Ernesto H Lee as I enjoy a good detective story, and it wasn’t until I had read several pages that I realized it had a supernatural aspect in time travel. I was intrigued by this and it was fun to read how Sean McMillan managed to hide this fact from his partner and scramble to collect the evidence based on knowledge he should not have access to. It gave the ordinary detective story an added twist. The book was an easy read, and kept my interest all the way through. I liked the wry bits of humour and the reactions of Catherine, his long-suffering partner. A good read with a satisfactory ending.

Ruffina Oserio

Finding Lucy is the third book in The Dream Traveler series by Ernesto H Lee, a powerful crime novel with strong characters and a cunning plot. Detective Sergeant McMillan and his partner find themselves working a missing person's case from 1972. Solving this case might be the only way to give peace to the victim's aging father and ease his last days. But this isn't a straightforward investigation, for there are powerful people out there who will do everything to ensure that the truth remains hidden. Can Sean and Catherine overcome the dangers, unearth the buried story, and satisfy the bequests of a former member of parliament?

This is a well-crafted third entry into The Dream Traveler crime series, a story that reads as well as a standalone novel. Ernesto H Lee has the gift of getting the reader's attention and holding it throughout each page of the narrative. The story is suspenseful and the curiosity of the reader heightens as the tension builds. The elements of the setting are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the plot and the characters come to life in the story. Apart from the intricate nature of the plot and the sophisticated characters, I enjoyed the flawless and crisp prose, the vivid descriptions and the engaging dialogues. Fans of sleuth, time travel and crime fiction will find a lot to enjoy in this novel. The detective work is well imagined to reflect the realism that readers enjoy. Finding Lucy is a great read.

Edith Wairimu

The Dream Traveler is Ernesto H. Lee’s third book in the series, Finding Lucy. Detective Sergeant Sean McMillan and Detective Constable Catherine Swain are tasked with solving a murder mystery. The only problem is that the death happened in 1972 and their chances of success are slim. McMillan has to prove himself too, having been recently promoted. As their investigation kicks off, they discover more bodies linked to the murder case. Someone is keen on keeping the truth hidden and will stop at nothing, including plotting the killing of the two detectives. McMillan has an upper edge with his ability to dream travel but will that be enough to finally apprehend the callous murderer?

I was concerned that I would not be able to follow the story as it is part of a series. However, I was surprised that the story is mostly independent of the other books and can be read alone. Sean and Cath’s sense of humor livens up the story through their engaging conversations. I also liked the strand of dream travel woven into the plot. It gives the book a unique and interesting twist. The story is full of captivating action scenes set both in the past and present. As the team discovers the list of murders, the mission becomes even more dangerous. The plot moves faster as it approaches a close. Like other outstanding fiction crime books, it has a shocking end that made me rethink everything I had believed from the start. Finding Lucy by Ernesto H. Lee is a page-turner that will grip any fan of mystery books from start to end.