Review by Tracy Sharp

DEADLY ILLUSIONS is this reader’s first Chester D. Campbell novel, but it won’t be the last.

Greg and Jill McKenzie are currently investigating a case in which funds go missing at a restaurant when Molly Saint enters their office. She wants them to look into her husband’s background. Recent incidents have left her doubting that he is who he says he is, and she’s becoming progressively more frightened. After some debate, the McKenzies take the case.

From there the situation snowballs, getting worse by the minute. Molly disappears and the McKenzies are subjected to various threats if they don’t back off the case. The repercussions resulting from their fearless determination to find Molly are not pleasant. Things aren’t as they seem, leaving readers feeling as if they are walking through a room of funhouse mirrors.

The relationship between the McKenzies is sweet and touching, and bits of back-story give the story and characters authenticity and realism. The fact that the characters are older is a nice change in today’s norm of younger protagonists.
Campbell’s engaging style and masterful plotting makes for a fast-paced, thrilling read. His sharp wit left this reader laughing out loud at times, yet the steadily building suspense made for a white-knuckle, edge-of-the-seat ride.


Tracy Sharp is the author of Repo Chick Blues and her work has appeared in the Spring 2006 Issue of Spinetingler Magazine. She recently joined our editor staff and you can learn more about Tracy by visiting her website

Her new book Finding Chloe is now available

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