“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.”
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the biggest mystery reader on this blog. However, I’m always looking for new fiction authors who write about interesting places, so when I came across Hilary Davidson, I was happy to add her to my ever-growing "to-read" list. Her heroine, Lily Moore, is a travel writer who finds herself with mysteries on her hands.
In Davidson’s first novel, The Damage Done, Lily is called home to New York from Spain, where she is writing travel guides. She is told that she must identify her sister’s body, but the body in the morgue is not her sister, Claudia. The novel takes us on a hunt through New York to find out what happened to her. Was she kidnapped by her rich, on-again, off-again boyfriend? Did she get into trouble with her old drug dealer? Or did Lily’s ex-fiance, who never liked Claudia anyway, finally take matters into his own hands?
After finishing the book, I had to get the second in the series, The Next One to Fall. Here, Lily and her friend, Jesse, go to Machu Picchu to get out of New York City for a while. However, a few days into the trip, Lily witnesses a woman’s death and becomes involved in tracking down her murderer. In the process, she finds herself tangled up with the insane Wolven family. Each member is potentially dangerous and none of them are to be trusted.
Both books are hard to put down. They take you through twists and turns and keep you guessing until the end. I especially liked all the references to old movies and music. Lily is a big Ava Gardner and Billie Holiday fan and has a crush on Tyrone Power. She also admires Edgar Allen Poe. The references help to show us a little more of Lily’s character. (And many of the films she mentions are available in our catalog!) Davidson is going to become a “must-read” on many mystery and travel literature lists.