Three Deadly Drops by Keith Donnelly is the fourth book in the “Donald Youngblood” mystery series. Publisher: John F. Blair, September 2012

In the fourth Donald Youngblood mystery, more than a year has passed since Don closed the file on the Three Devils case. His personal life is trending upward, his business is booming, and no one has come to him with a case likely to get him killed.

All of that changes when Jessica Crane walks into Don’s office, asking him to look into the apparent heart-attack death of her husband. Don is convinced that Mrs. Crane’s request is just the delusion of a grieving widow, but as he goes through the motions of his investigations, he uncovers a mysterious note and a 20-year-old photograph of a group of soldiers known as the Southside Seven. Don soon thinks the grieving widow might be on to something.

The Silver Star, a soldier with a stress problem, an Army Ranger black ops mission gone wrong, a mysterious assassin, and a missing vial are all pieces to the puzzle that Don races to fit together before anyone else dies.

In the desert of New Mexico, the bayou country of Louisiana, the mean streets of Memphis, and small towns in South Carolina and Kentucky, a haunting mystery unfolds as Donald Youngblood uncovers a startling secret from Desert Storm that haunted the seven men who shared it.

In the latest Donald Youngblood drama, Don travels across the country when his client questions the death of her husband. In pursuit of answers, a Pandora’s box is opened and several suspicious deaths leads him on a search for a dastardly killer.

I love this series and Keith has done it again…he delivered a knockout mystery that I could not put down. This riveting drama had me quickly turning the pages as I needed to know what happens next. Superbly written with a great cast of characters, this is a wonderfully terrific series and I can’t wait for the next new and exciting adventures with Donald Youngblood and the gang.

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