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Darkness, Sing Me a Song: A Holland Taylor Mystery    by David Housewright order for
Darkness, Sing Me a Song
by David Housewright
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Minotaur, 2018 (2018)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

PI Holland Taylor typically does simple background checks. He'd done one for wealthy Eleanor Barrington, investigating her son's fiancée, Emily Denys, and found out only that this was not the young woman's real name. When Emily is murdered, Mrs. Barrington is arrested and Holland pulled into a case that is much more than he bargained for.

The PI still grieves over the death of his wife and daughter long before. He had finally managed a new relationship, with attorney Cynthia Grey. Though that one didn't last, he still has feelings for Cynthia, who ends up being involved in this case too - on the other side.

Soon Holland learns disquieting facts about his client and her relationship with her own son, Joel. Joel's sixteen-year-old sister Devon discloses that Emily had been agitated when she saw Joel meeting with executives of U.S. Sand, a company specializing in mining and processing silica sand, used in fracking.

The company operates in Arona, western Wisconsin, where the Barrington family owns over two hundred acres. Could this be related to the killing? Holland heads there to find out. Turns out forensics ties Emily's murder to another killing about a year before in Arona. The PI finds links to a group calling themselves the Red Stone Patriots.

There is plenty more violence before Holland solves the case, and the answer is quite a surprise. I enjoyed this mystery just as much as I like reading the author's Mac McKenzie series. Don't miss Darkness, Sing Me a Song.

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