What Doesn't Kill You

A Lauren Beck Crime Novel Book 1

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
268 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2018
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Author Biography

Donna Huston Murray’s cozy mystery series features a woman much like herself, a DIY headmaster's wife with a troubling interest in crime. Both novels in her new mystery/crime series won Honorable Mention in genre fiction from Writer’s Digest, and her eighth cozy FOR BETTER OR WORSE was shortlisted for the Chanticleer International Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS, set at Philadelphia’s world famous flower show, achieved #1 on the Kindle-store list for Mysteries and Female Sleuths.

At home, Donna assumes she can fix anything until proven wrong, calls trash-picking recycling, and although she should probably know better by now, adores Irish setters.
Donna and husband, Hench, live in the greater Philadelphia, PA, area.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

An insurance investigator is framed for murder by an unknown enemy in the exciting sleuth mystery, What Doesn't Kill You (A Lauren Beck Crime Novel Book 1) by Donna Huston Murray. Previously Lauren Beck was a cop, but now after surviving a life-threatening disease, she has a new job as an insurance investigator. Corinne, the woman who encouraged and supported Lauren through her treatments, dies a few days before Lauren starts working at the insurance company. Nina, Corinne's daughter, despises Lauren and when she receives an anonymous phone call accusing Lauren of murdering her mother, Nina assaults Lauren at the funeral. Not done there, after the funeral, Nina kicks Lauren out of Corinne's home where Lauren has been living since her illness and convalescence. When checking into a motel, Lauren discovers someone has closed out all of her financial accounts and turned off her phone. Lauren realizes she has rattled the cage of somebody with clout but is unsure whether it is personal or has something to do with insurance fraud or possibly Corinne's death. Homeless, a murder suspect, without phone and funds, and nowhere to go for help, Lauren is determined to find whoever has set her up. Can Lauren catch them before she is arrested?

What Doesn't Kill You (A Lauren Beck Crime Novel Book 1) by Donna Huston Murray is a gripping murder mystery with an intelligent and savvy sleuth. The fascinating story line contains more than one villain and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until its dazzling conclusion. An exemplary and intriguing sleuth novel. It is a fantastic book and I enjoyed reading it very much. Lauren's dilemma is compelling, and the antagonists have all the required qualities and characteristics that make them model villains, effectively enhancing the plot. It is a thrilling novel and fans of sleuth mysteries will find it entertaining and impossible to put down. Awesome job!