Cold Comfort

The Malone Mystery Novels Book 3

One of Tinseltown's brightest stars has been murdered.

The accused is her estranged husband, and the situation doesn't look good.

A knock on the office door of Los Angeles private eye Ben Malone can only mean one thing, a new case.

Local defense attorney Liz Harper from the Los Angeles law firm Ross & Logan pays Malone a visit with an interesting story to tell.

Harper's client, bad-boy actor Zack Sinclair, whose appetites for booze, gambling, and extramarital sex are as out-sized as his ego, has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Holly Sutherland, one of Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars. Her client has next to no alibi, and to make matters worse, he is on the hook to his bookie for a quarter million bucks. As her sole heir, he had multi-million reasons to kill his wealthy wife.

Harper believes her client is innocent, at least of the murder, and she hires Malone to prove it before the case goes to trial.

Malone starts investigating. The case quickly gets darker when he uncovers some ugly secrets about the deceased. His search for he truth puts him squarely in the path of a mafioso who tells Malone to drop the case or else. Malone enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse, a game he might not come out of alive.


A Good, Gutsy Crime Story - Dianne James, Book Gobbler

I have not had so much fun reading a book for a very long time. It took me back to the days of reading Phillip Marlowe stories and the style is similar.

Cold Comfort is pacy, it has lots of action and plenty of interesting twists and turns. I loved every second of it so much that I had to go back and buy the first two in the series.

If you love a good, gutsy crime story, don't miss this one!



Reviewed by Kayresia A. Bass

Cold Comfort was a total surprise. I didn’t expect to be sucked in right from the beginning, but I was. I didn’t expect the writing style to be so fluid, but it was. I did however expect the punctuation and grammar to be just a bit off, and to my surprise, it wasn’t!

The story is filled with lots of action so it moves right along. The characters are well written. So much so, I felt like I was hanging out with them. Ben wasn’t a hard nose PI, but he knew his stuff. Sara, his woman, did annoy me a couple times, but I eventually got over it. If I had to say who my favorite character was, by far it was T.J.

Just by reading this book, one can tell that the author is well read, has seen lots of movies, and done a lot of research to write this book. If that is not the case, then I would be inclined to believe that the author was or is a PI/former cop himself. Kudos if all of this is research, because I can tell a lot went into it.

Long story short, this is definitely one of the best books I have read on Inkitt, and I will put this one on my short list of recommendations. I have read quite a few books here, and I try to review all of them, good or bad.

This is one of the great ones. Congrats, and thanks for the awesome read.

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About Larry Darter

Larry Darter was born in Oklahoma. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a retired police officer with more than twenty-three years of law enforcement service. As a retired crime fighter turned crime fiction writer, he leverages his real life law enforcement experience to create the kind of realistic and compelling crime novels that mystery and crime thriller fans love to read. Connect with Larry by visiting his website or find him on social media.

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