Saturday, December 15, 2012

Deadly Disclosures (A Dinah Harris Mystery #1)

Title:  Deadly Disclosures (A Dinah Harris Mystery #1)
Author:  Julie Cave
Pages:  286
Year:  2010
Publisher:   Master Books
                 This book grabs a hold of the reader and doesn’t let go!  It is set in modern day Washington D.C.  The main character is Dinah Harris, an FBI agent.  There are some great supporting characters in this story, which is the first in a fiction trilogy.
                Thomas Whitfield is in a position of authority and influence as secretary of The Smithsonian Museum.  He has access to Congress.  He is a speaker in demand at conferences and on TV.  He controls what will be displayed at the museum, which tourists visit by the millions every year.  Thomas is a scientist who has believed in evolution his entire life.  In order to get to his current position of power, he made a deal in the past with an organization that promotes strict evolutionary beliefs.  The organization is the money behind some politicians, the laws they sponsor, and other people in position to have evolution theory extolled as the only truth.  What happens when one of the organization’s people begins to express doubt or no longer furthers the evolutionary agenda?
                Dinah Harris is an FBI agent who has been demoted and placed in a position teaching new agents due to a tragic mistake on a case causing a death.  She also is deeply depressed over the death of her husband and young son.  She started drinking right after their funerals, and this alcoholism is what caused her to make a mistake in the case and caused her downward spiral in her career and in her life.  Now, one agent wants to give her a chance to redeem herself.  She was a great agent before tragedy struck, and he wants to see her enjoy what she used to love to do.  The murder of a government official proceeds to be investigated with clues followed and more murder following in her wake.  Dinah continues to drink at night and come into work hung over and sometimes still intoxicated from the night before.  She drinks her meals and uses alcohol to make her feel numb.  She doesn’t want to feel the grief of her lost family anymore.  She is so depressed she gives thought to suicide, and actually begins to drink with a bottle of sleeping pills nearby.  She is interrupted by a Christian woman whose husband has been helping Dinah on the case.  Sandra knows exactly what is going on, but doesn’t go ballistic.  She calmly fixes Dinah dinner, and the moment of suicide passes.  Dinah, however, doesn’t give up alcohol.  She eventually is thrown off the case due to her drinking.  She continues to investigate and unearths the truth.  Will anyone believe her, the drunk?  She comes to a moment when death appears imminent, but not at her own hand.  Does she look forward to death still?  Will she cry out to God?  Can she really believe God and His promises?
                Well, this book is one I couldn’t put down.  There is lots of information on creation, evolution, and the people that hold to each view.  The author researched a great deal to prepare for writing this novel.  The story is very thought-provoking and has made me view some politicians in a new light.  I’ll be reading the other two books in the trilogy and reviewing them as well.  I can hardly wait to start the second book!
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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