Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Review - Murder On The Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young

Murder on the Down Low
Publisher:  Goldman House Publishing
Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Paperback, 386 pages
ISBN 10: 0981562701
ISBN 13:  9780981562704

Goodreads Description:
A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled. At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fiance's death. For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

My thoughts:

I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book.  Several  African American men are murdered. The first is Dr. Banks.  He is shot and killed as he is getting out of his car at the parking structure as he was returning to work from his "lunch break".   J.C., a female homicide detective, was called to the scene.  After more murders she has a theory about what is going on, but the lieutenant doesn't want to hear it.

J.C., Vernetta, Nichelle, and Special were all friends, but lost their friend Maya who supposedly died of pneumonia.   Maya left a husband behind named Eugene.  Special comes into the funeral and announces something to the crowd about Maya's death that is a surprise to everyone.

Vernetta is a lawyer and has a boss named O'Reilly.  She has been trying to get partner for the longest time, but a new lawyer named Haley tries to move in and take the spotlight from her.  Nichelle is also a lawyer but at a different firm.  

There are so many twists and turns in this book.  I thought I figured out who the killer was, but then I wasn't sure because then it seemed like it could be someone else.  It was a total surprise to find out the answers at the end!  There are so many surprises.  I didn't find any faults at all with this book and highly recommend it!

Disclaimer:  I am reviewing this book for the Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour.  I received a signed review copy from the author. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

 5 out of 5 diamonds!
One to buy!


  1. New to me - thank you for the post.

  2. Great review Cheryl and your blog is looking so fine!!! Love it!