Back to Lazarus: A Sydney Brennan Novel (Sydney Brennan Mysteries #1) by Judy K. Walker

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Read Back to Lazarus: A Sydney Brennan Novel (Sydney Brennan Mysteries #1) Online Free - When I was six years old, my father killed my mother. He beat and choked her to death. I'm told that he was found hanging from a homemade noose in his cell. I want to know why he waited so long to do it.

Sydney Brennan isn't sure how to answer her client's question, short of holding a séance, and the Tallahassee detective has some questions of her own. Why does Noel Thomas remember so little about her childhood? Why is she delving into her father's suicide now? And, most importantly, why isn't Noel telling her the truth?

Sydney crisscrosses the Florida Panhandle, reconstructing the tragic Thomas family history. The violence that destroyed the Thomas family connects to a present-day web of deceit and corruption through a desperate man willing to do anything to keep his secrets safe. To discover his identity, Sydney must go Back to Lazarus, back to the town where Noel's beautiful but troubled mother began her inevitable descent over twenty years ago. But by following in the footsteps of the murdered woman, does Sydney risk sharing her fate?

Rooted in bars and back roads and Panhandle prisons, forgotten towns and forgotten people, at its heart Back to Lazarus is about stories: the stories people tell us, the stories we tell ourselves, and what happens when we realize it's all a lie.

Title : Back to Lazarus: A Sydney Brennan Novel (Sydney Brennan Mysteries #1)
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ISBN : 1500916455
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Quillracer rated it ★★★☆☆

October 10, 2015

This was a better written and better told story than many of the independently published books I’ve read. It was a straightforward mystery without a lot of twists, a refreshing change from ones so convoluted the reader needs GPS to keep of where they’re going. I guessed the guilty party fairly earl...

Allyson rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and style. I will be checking out the rest of the series.

Lynda rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 18, 2017

I got as far as 8% into this and packed it in. It's full of American acronyms (though in fairness she did sometimes explain what they stood for, saving us looking them up) and American pop culture references I didn't understand and just lost all interest in having to look up. If you want a book t...

Melissa rated it ★★★★★

September 27, 2017

Sydney Brennan is a gem! I get a lot of free books on BookBub. Most I never get past the first chapter, because, well, there are a lot of writers out there, but not that many really *good* writers. Finding a really good novel in one of these freebies—a well-crafted story, with three-dimensional ch...

Tony rated it ★★★★★

November 03, 2016

Tallahassee FL. Ms. Sydney “Syd” Brennan (PI) was listening to Noel Thomas (client, daughter, granddaughter) tell about her father Isaac Thomas (husband, abusive) killing Vanda Thomas (wife/mother, nee Harrison) on 10/6/1980, & then on 10/12/2002, he committed suicide. Jimmy’s bar had also bee...

Danielle rated it ★★★☆☆

January 14, 2017

I thought this was a promising start from an independent writer, and my interest is piqued enough that I would be happy to read on about Sydney in further novels. Overall, a simple story without too many twists, though somewhat lacking in some more interesting character development and at some poi...

Sharon rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2016

I found this to be a very enjoyable book with a great story line and engaging characters. I do wish that the main character did not put herself down as much as she does, but otherwise I found this to be a very satisfying story.

Shannon rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2016

Very impressed... Great characters... I was hooked from the beginning.. If you have an ereader download it now while it is still free. Someday soon Judy K Walker will be shelved with the rest of the great suspence novelists.

Mike rated it ★★★☆☆

November 28, 2017

Back to Lazarus was an interesting story and the main character, Sydney Brennan was a spunky character with vices and virtues unique to her personality. As another reviewer commented, this was a better-written story than others I have read by independent authors, but for some reason, I had a hard...

Steven Bookshester rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

Cool New Talent! This PI novel is fun, well written, and only periodically harrowing. Sydney Brennan is a can-do and slightly snarky 21st century woman who knows the investigation ropes. The characters are well-drawn and differentiated, and the plot, while expectable, is well put together. Grammar...

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