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A Dead Man’s Eyes by Lori Duffy Foster

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Published: April 13, 2021

Level Best Books

Pages: 191

Genre: Women Sleuths

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I purchased this book on Amazon, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Lori Duffy Foster is a former crime reporter who writes and lives in the hills of Northern Pennsylvania. She is the author of A Dead Man’s Eyes, the first in the Lisa Jamison Mysteries Series, and an Agatha Award nominee. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers, and Pennwriters. She also sits on the board of the Knoxville (PA) Public Library.

Lisa Jamison has done well for a single mom who got pregnant at fifteen.


She is a reporter at a well-respected newspaper and her teenage daughter is both an athlete and honors student. Though their relationship is rocky these days, Lisa has accomplished what she set out to do. She has given her daughter the kind of life she never had.


But all that changes when Lisa sees her daughter in the eyes of a dead man.
The cops call it a drug killing, but Lisa doesn’t believe it. She knows her ex-boyfriend was no drug dealer even though she had not seen him in sixteen years. Lisa ignores warnings from her medical-examiner friend. She fails to heed barely veiled threats from the sheriff of a neighboring county. Instead, she risks her life and the lives of her daughter and their closest friend on a dangerous quest for answers.
The investigation leaves Lisa fighting for her family in a morbid, black market world she never knew existed. She learns that trust is complicated and that she, despite her cynical nature, has been blind. She trusted the wrong people and now she might have to pay with her life.

“But her life was not simple, not anymore.”

Lisa is a single mom and busy reporter, trying to do her best. Her life was tumultuous at best, so when her first love reaches out, naturally, Lisa panics and asks for more time. He is the father of her child, and she is not ready to deal with that. When Marty is murdered, Lisa is set on figuring out what happened. She won’t stop until the truth is revealed, even if it costs her everything.

I liked how fast-paced this novel was. I also enjoyed how the last was sprinkled throughout, bringing the story together.

I enjoyed the characters. Lisa is a tough cookie. The child of addicts, who grew up too fast, she was a fantastic leading character.

I am interested in continuing this series. I bought this book because I was approved for an arc of the second book and wanted to get the complete introductions to the key players.

I found this book well-written fast paced, and the plot was interesting. The twist was unusual and not common. I enjoyed the medical aspects, mixed with being a reporter.

I loved the healing aspects of learning and growing from your past. Lisa had such a strong arc throughout this novel, and I cannot wait to continue her journey.

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