Dead Week (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
by Kelly Brakenhoff
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Dead Week (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
2nd in Series
Setting – Nebraska
Publisher: Emerald Prairie Press (December 7, 2019)
Paperback: 322 pages
Will Dead Week kill Cassandra’s career?
VP of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato has a desk full of problems, and it’s not even Thanksgiving break.
A student’s injury and a deaf advocacy project brings national media attention to underfunded Morton College.
Cassandra’s new boss talks to her dead husband. Cassandra’s mentor thinks he’s a superhero in a senior citizen’s body. And Cassandra, recently moved from Hawai’i, can’t crack the code of what to wear during November in Nebraska.
Is there more to the Vietnam-era story of a student’s death? Cassandra’s search for the long-buried truth stirs up the wrath of those who want to keep the past forgotten.
My review of Dead Week
Dead Week is book 2 in the Cassandra Sato mysteries, but it’s the first one I’ve read. It took me a little while to get into this book, and I think that if I’d read Death by Dissertation, I’d have enjoyed the beginning of the book more. Even though this can be read as a stand alone book, knowing the characters and setting ahead of time would have helped me. You may find that you can just jump in and go, but that’s my recommendation!
Once I started figuring out who was who and what Cassandra’s job at Morton College entailed, I was able to really get into the story. In fact, once I got about halfway through, I couldn’t stop reading. I think it was just the initial who’s who and what’s what that threw me off at first.
There are several different mysteries and odd happenings going on in Dead Week, but you’ll see…they all tie together in the end.
Cassandra is a strong character, and she’s finding her way in her “new” life in Nebraska. I have to say, I’d have a really hard time leaving Hawai’i for Nebraska! She’s making friends, helping the students, negotiating with administration, shoveling snow (!), and she may be headed for a romance….but with who? I know who I want her to end up with, but we’ll see where this goes!
I think you mystery fans will enjoy figuring out whodunnit (and why!) along with Cassandra in Dead Week.
About the author
KELLY BRAKENHOFF is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. Her first novel, Death by Dissertation, kicked off the Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. She also wrote Never Mind, first in a children’s picture book series featuring Duke the Deaf Dog. She serves on the Board of Editors for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf publication, VIEWs. The mother of four young adults and two dogs, Kelly and her husband call Nebraska home.
Her first mystery, Death by Dissertation, released April 22, 2019.
Website – http://kellybrakenhoff.com/
Instagram – @kellybrak
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/kellybrak
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