Book Review: Lucy Lied by M.J. Daspit (2014)

Friday, December 5th, 2014

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Goodreads’ First Reads program.)

Set in the late 1870s, Lucy Lied is about a young woman who, through a series of misfortunes, ends up the slave/common-law-wife of a beet farmer in the dusty Spanish missionary town of Monterey, California. When Flynn Talbot turns up dead in his bedroom, brains bashed in, Sheriff Taylor immediately focuses his “investigation” on the Chinese immigrants and laborers who exist on the margins of Monterey society. At the suggestion of Doctor “Doc” Jason Garrett – who’s purposefully misrepresented the evidence to further his own agenda – Taylor zeroes in on “Chinaman Joe,” a giant of a man who travels through town, collecting discarded items and reselling them to make a living. But when Joe’s defense attorney produces the missing Lucy Strang Talbot – and with her, an alternate theory of the crime – the town’s attention turns to the mute redhead.

Or at least I think it does? I DNF’ed at 33%, several days after Lucy’s testimony at the trial. The fate of Joe had yet to be announced and, after a quick skim through the rest of the book, I couldn’t seem to find another mention of him, or any subsequent trial – though I could be wildly mistaken.

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