Monday, December 1, 2008

Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young

I'm always up for a mystery so when this book came to me for review I was excited to get started on it. Young is a new author for me and writes a mix of mystery/legal thriller. The story begins with the death of a wealthy, prominent African-American man and takes off from there. Early on we are shown that he is having an affair with another man but is married to a woman hence the term "down low". Before you know it there are a few more deaths and one of the detectives on the case is starting to think that they have a serial killer. Mix that up with four friends that are mourning the loss of their close friend Maya. Maya died from aids that she contracted from her husband who was also having a gay affair. All of a sudden it looks like the serial killer theory is more than a theory and that the killer is targeting men on the down low.
This was an interesting read for me. It started off a bit slow but before I knew it I was sucked into the characters lives and trying to figure out who the killer might be. The author took on the difficult issue of aids and homosexuality. I thought the author did a good job providing a lot of information and some fair viewpoints on the issues at hand. The ending took me by suprise as I didn't have a clue to who the killer was. All in all, an interesting read and I'm thankful to the author for sending me this to review.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Challenges: A-Z Challenge ("Y" Author)


  1. Hate to be the shallow one, but if it started out slow, I wouldn't have stuck with it. I am glad you did though. I admire readers who can.

  2. JKaye- To be perfectly honest if this was a library book I might have put it down. Because it was sent to me to review I was more willing to give it time to grow on me which I'm glad to say it did. So far there has only been one review book that I absolutely could not/would not finish and that was because the writing was horrendous. I just couldn't get past it at all.

  3. Even though it starts off slow, it sounds like it was a good read.
    Great review :)

  4. Naida- It did end up being a good read so I'm glad that I stuck with it. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I've never read one of her books before but that's not too surprising since I tend to stay away from legal mysteries for the most part. Sounds like an interesting premise at least!

  6. Ladytink- It was an interesting premise and turned out to be an interesting book.


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