Thursday, July 29, 2021

Book Review: Dead Certain, by Adam Mitzner

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

In a police interrogation, when the suspect asks for a lawyer all questions must cease. The police are precluded from trying to talk someone out of invoking his right to counsel. If they do, anything that’s said after the request for counsel is inadmissible at trial.

But this isn’t a police interrogation.

“She’s giving you terrible legal advice, Zach. Trust me, I’m not some first-year law student trying to impress you. I was a prosecutor for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of people dig deep holes for themselves by keeping their mouths shut. But I’ll say this: If you did kill Charlotte, then your friend is absolutely right. One hundred percent. But if you didn’t, then all lawyering up does is cause reasonable people to conclude that you’re guilty. Because why else wouldn’t you cooperate? So, which one is it? Did you kill her? Because if you did, you should definitely tell me to leave. But if you’ve got nothing to hide, then all you’re doing by staying silent is making me think you murdered my baby sister. And if I think that, you bet your ass that I’m going to make it my mission in life to make you pay. So, which is it, Zach?”

Sometimes, life may imitate art, right? Charlotte Broden’s book may have come true, before it’s even published.

Official synopsis:
Book Review: Dead Certain, by Adam Mitzner
Ella Broden is living a double life.

By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan.

No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled…until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing.

Ella starts investigating with the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, and what she finds is shocking. If art imitates life, then her sister’s novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance.

Desperate to bring Charlotte home, Ella works through her list of suspects, matching fictitious characters with flesh-and-blood men. But will it be too late to save the sister she only thought she knew?

Although there are a few years between Ella and Charlotte, the sisters are the best of friends, especially since their mother passed away when they were younger. Neither sister suspects that the other could be keeping secrets. But the secrets they’re keeping are about to change both of their lives!

The sisters’ relationship was really sweet. While it seemed they both hung out with other people more, when there was something important to them, they each turned to their sister first. As is usually the case, less secrets between them could have led to a happier ending for everyone.

Overall, I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars. The plot was kind of predictable, as Ella pointed out by knowing that her sister’s book would be a little more based in fact than just fiction (although there seems no way Charlotte could have known just how much truth was in her story). It was a fun/escape read, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend other books by this author, or read more if I had the chance.

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Becki Bayley is a woman without a secret life, who lives vicariously through the books she reads. Read more of her book reviews and other observations at her blog,


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