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by Fred Yager

When her best friend, a fellow criminology professor, is found murdered, Kimberly Stone teams up with a Manhattan homicide detective to find the killer
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ISBN: 1889262013
ISBN13: 978-1889262017
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Fred Yager
Language: English
Publisher: Hannacroix Creek Books; First Edition edition (February 1998)
Pages: 308 pages
ePUB size: 1274 kb
FB2 size: 1571 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 732
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Almost every chapter started out with Kimberly did this, or Kimberly did that "stepped out of the building" "stood before the building" etc. I also got tired of the references to the 'killer' doing this or that. It detracted rather than added to the story. However, having tried a couple of times to write a mystery myself and realizing it wasn't that easy, I learned to respect anyone who can finish writing a book and getting it published. So I wish the authors good fortune. The criminology professor angle was interesting; however, I'm not sure how realistic it might be that a detective would confide so much to anyone outside the investigation, particularly someone so personally involved with the victim(s). It would make sense for her to share her insights with the detective, but the other way around...?
a little slow to start, short story but gets better near the middle, left me wanting more of the story. good for a quick read.
Don't pick up this book if you have something important to do because you will not want to put it down. Untimely Death is a real page-burner.
Character development is good -- the people are real, and I can't wait for another book featuring Kimberly Stone. The Yagers' familiarity with New York gives us Left Coasters a view you won't find in a travelogue, and the descriptions are fascinating.
The well-designed plot moves at a perfect pace, and the suspension builds steadily, until the end, when you might discover you've been holding your breath a long time.
When I see the name Yager on a title, I'm not going to look any further. I'm going to get it, find a nice chunk of time and settle down for another good read.
I just finished reading Jan and Fred Yager's first novel written together entitled "Untimely Death", and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I was so hooked, I could hardly put the book down. As it states on the jacket cover, the story is written in the tradition of other thrillers such as "Silence Of The Lambs" or "Single White Female". I would add "Basic Instinct" to that distinguished list. As a matter of fact, all the way through I was thinking that this book would make a great movie. I must say I had no idea of the real killer's true identity up until the end when the authors finally revealed it. I enjoyed the characters and found them very fascinating. The book explores the nature of friendship between two of its major characters in a very intriguing way. One obvious benefit of a husband and wife writing team was that the male and female characters were both developed without showing a preference for one gender over another. I am looking forward to the next novel from this great writing team!
This book is a fast, fun read. And while that may sound odd for a book about murder - it illustrates the real power behind this book. Like any good murder mystery, there has to be strong visualization, but without dwelling on the gory details. Here, the authors take you a step further, by dealing witthe psychological and emotional side of murder. As your read on, you develop a sense of understanding about the murderer and the motivations and demons that lead a person to kill. And this is the real breakthrough. Unlike most who-dun-its, which leave a trail of breadcrumbs and red herrings, Fred and Jan Yager plant their clues by taking you inside the killer's mind. In fact, you solve this mystery by carefully matching the killer's thought patterns with the behavior of the characters in the book. I haven't seen this technique used before. I eagerly await the sequel.
I couldn't put the book down. UNTIMELY DEATH is just about the best novel of its kind that I have read. It drew me in in a way that even the best mystery writers never could.
Fred and Jan Yager obviously have delivered the foundation for a franchise series of mystery novels. Hope to see Kimberly Stone and Alan Blake in action again soon.
This book is wonderful. I don't read mysteries very often, but I enjoyed UNTIMELY DEATH right up to the last page. The characters are exceptionally well drawn, quirky, as human beings are, and twisted, as murderers are, but not bizarre or grotesque. The plot, as they say, is a page turner and there are so many surprising gems that the resolution is truly a mystery until the end.
I've read mysteries for over thirty years, and most of them are forgettable. Untimely Death was one of those joyful reads, because I knew I'd met a detective that I wanted to read a whole series about, and because I couldn't figure it out. Well drawn, interesting characters, and easily worthy of adaptation to film. Hope to see more. Soon.