Book Review – Fatal Deduction – Rating: 6.25 out of 10

Fatal Deduction CoverFatal Deduction, by Gayle Roper

How I came to read this book:

Through WaterBrook Press/Multnomah Books.

Score Summary

  • Content: 7
  • Writing Style: 6
  • Re-readability: 6
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 6


Overall, I enjoyed the story. It entertained me, but it was a difficult mix of everyday concerns and high-drama. I find I enjoy books that stay generally in one area or another. To read in detail how the main character struggles with what to bring to a neighborhood picnic, and then read about jewelry theft, loan sharks and kidnapping was just too diverse, without the characters’ shock of crossing into the drama being part of the storyline. The characters weathered the drama just a little too well. I couldn’t relate.

Writing Style

I don’t know if the writing style has a term, but the author kept switching back and forth between first-person and third-person and it drove me a little bit nutty. I’m sure it’s a “valid” writing style, but if I knew in advance a book was written that way, I would avoid it.


I will keep it for sharing with others, but will probably not re-read it. Not refusing to, but just not that interested.

Busy Mommy Scale

I did ok with this one. It was enjoyable. Not so deep or involved that I couldn’t just read a few pages here and there.

Book Summary

Libby Burton longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella’s old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn’t looking good so far.

First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with a hidden warning shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously—in spite of the dead man who delivers it.

Libby finds comfort in neighbor Drew Canfield, but he hesitates to trust her after his disastrous marriage. As Libby struggles to act faithfully in the midst of these confusing relationships, she must also deal with a stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords, if only she can solve the puzzle before it’s too late.

Author Bio

Gayle Roper has been writing mystery and romantic suspense novels for more than thirty years and is the author of over forty-five books. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist, the winner of three Holt Medallions, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine. Her novel Autumn Dreams won Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She and her husband, Chuck, divide their time between Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.