About The Blind Switch
The Blind Switch (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (January 12, 2021)
Paperback: 230 pages
Digital ASIN: B08QBH2BHH
The first book in the Rosedale Investigations series finds Wayne Nichols, our doggedly determined Detective, and his sassy and irreverent partner, Dory Clarkson, starting new jobs as private investigators. Their first client, Cara Summerfield, comes with what appears to be a missing person’s case. Cara got pregnant in high school and baby Danny was adopted. Her husband, Grant, an up-and-coming politician has never been told about the pregnancy. Their only clue is an unreadable return address on a letter sent to Cara from Danny’s girlfriend. Danny is now a racehorse trainer and has been assaulted for non-payment of gambling debts. Cara charges Rosedale Investigations to find Danny and keep his existence completely confidential. When Danny is found, he’s in the ICU and not expected to live. When he passes away, it appears to the pathologist to be natural causes, but Detective Nichols doesn’t buy it. It looks like murder to him.
About Lyn Farrell
Lynda J. Farquhar (penname Lyn Farrell) holds a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Administration from Michigan State University. Prior to her retirement from MSU, she was a professor in the College of Human Medicine where she worked for 30+ years. When she retired, she returned to her first love, writing, and self-published a YA Trilogy, “Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom.” Subsequently, she and her daughter, Lisa Fitzsimmons, wrote a 7-book mystery series, “The Mae December Mysteries,” published by Camel Press under their joint penname, Lia Farrell. Marketing efforts for the Mae December mysteries, as well as much work by Camel on subsidiary rights, deal with Harlequin, have resulted in sales of 22,000+ (to date) for the series. She is now writing a new mystery series, “Rosedale Investigations.” The first is titled, “The Blind Switch” and was released in January 2021.
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I enjoyed Lyn Farrell’s The Blind Switch very much. It is a nicely put together detective mystery with enough twists and complications to keep you turning the pages to see “who dunnit.” A recently retired Police Department Homicide Detective, Wayne Nichols, and fellow Sheriff’s Office employee Cora Clarkson (also retired) join a private investigations firm as equal partners with the owner and an eager hip young girl who dresses wildly, but who is an ace background researcher on the computer. Before long the company has a cases involving a missing person, a missing ruby necklace, and an embezzling scheme. Two are settled pretty nicely, but one turns into a two-jurisdiction murder case, complicated by the competing investigators.
Long held secrets, lies, politics, and ambitions muddy the investigation of a young horse trainer’s death. As the “team of four” do their best in specialized areas, they solve first one then another aspect of the multi-facited case. It’s a roller coaster ride when the murder seems solved, then it’s not, then it is… but is it really? Be sure to have your coffee maker full and a stash of chocolate chip cookies ready, because you’ll not want to lay this book down.
And for the softies in us all, there are plenty of new/old relationship and romantic aspects that keep this mystery a warm-hearted read. Kudos to Lyn Farrell for The Blind Switch, a suspensful, well-written new PI mystery.
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