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Reviewed by Juli Williamson for Readers' Favorite
Practice to Deceive written by J. R. Lindemuth is a “Sticks” Hetrick detective novel. While on a cruise with Anita Bailey, things begin to go missing, the ship's crew needs help, and then the Jamaican police need Sticks' assistance. Not much of a vacation for Sticks or Anita, and things are happening on the home front, too. The officers in Pennsylvania might need his help, but then he has trained them to be the best. So who will solve their case first: the team at home or Hetrick on the ship without his crew? Theft, murder, and assaults all combine to create a novel that while flipping from the deck of a cruise ship to the patrol car in Pennsylvania keeps moving smoothly and without a hitch.
This novel can stand alone or as one in a series, without a lot of back ground information that could have bogged down the story line -- great job here. Practice to Deceive is a novel with excellent build up and everywhere to go. All the characters are fully developed with smarts and heart. The interaction between the characters is believable and not without a touch of humor, much like life itself. I enjoyed the relationship that was developed prior to this book and was further explored between the partners in the story.
A quick reminder, a profession that we love and are good at, often intrudes on our personal lives. I might have to go find the other books in the series to learn how everyone met and how intertwined everyone really is.