Written By: Jeffery Deaver
Published By: Amazon Original Stories
Reviewed By: Melissa Minners
I love Jeffery Deaver novels, but when one doesn’t have time to read a whole novel, what does one do? Fortunately, Mr. Deaver has helped me out on that score. He also happens to write short stories that take me no time to polish off. The latest addition to my Deaver library: Cause of Death.
When Patience Addison is found dead in her car at the bottom of a cliff, it is presumed to have been an accident. After all, there was a dead deer found near the spot her car left the highway. Everyone, including her husband, Jon, is shocked by her death, but no one thinks it’s suspicious until a local detective asks Jon about Patience’s phone. It is then that Jon realizes her phone and laptop are both missing. And what about that suspicious guy at the funeral…the one who stood in the tree line with the dark suit and dark glasses who took off as soon as Jon noticed him?
The historian in Jon needs more information. After all, what is a historian, but an amateur detective sorting through fact and fiction to get to the truth. But as Jon begins to unravel the truth, he discovers things about his wife’s past that he was totally unaware of. Things that make him doubt his happy marriage. Things that, if he’s not careful, could end him up in jail…or worse.
Jeffery Deaver is the master of suspense. For a short story of about 90-plus pages, Cause of Death has so many twists and turns. There is no doubt that Patience Addison was killed, but who killed her? Was it a colleague, her husband, a former lover? This tale will leave you guessing until the very end, a very Deaver-esque thing to do, which is why I love reading his works!