"A Killer App" by Linda Lovely: Review/Giveaway

Reviewed by Sharon Marchisello

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A Killer App, the latest installment in the HOA Mystery series by Linda Lovely, deals with a timely subject: artificial intelligence. The author shows how easily unsuspecting people can be manipulated by deepfakes––videos of others, living or dead, doing or saying things they never did or said. Unfortunately, this is eerily real.

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The protagonist is Kylee Kane, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, who works as a security consultant for the Welch HOA Management Company owned by her boyfriend, Ted Welch. When she shows up for a meeting at one of the properties, she finds a badly injured elderly resident at the bottom of the staircase. Poking around the scene, Kylee suspects his fall was not an accident. Although the man survives, he has no memory of the incident.

Several days later, another HOA member is attacked—and, this time, killed. Although the attacks seem totally unrelated, Kylee senses a connection.

The story is told from rotating first-person viewpoints: Kylee, Ted’s son Grant, and the antagonist, identified only as “The Chameleon.” About a third of the way through the book, the reader learns ”The Chameleon” is a vindictive homeowner who manipulates other people to commit these crimes, but Kylee is still unaware. The rest of the book plays like an episode of Columbo, where we watch Kylee slowly put the clues together, with some timely, key information from Grant.

I liked Kylee as a heroine. She’s a strong, independent woman, yet she’s loyal and connected to family. In her fifties, she has plenty of life experience, and she unapologetically lets her hair go white. She couldn’t care less about dressing to impress.

As I mentioned, this book is part of a series. Although I enjoyed it as a stand-alone, it might have been easier to keep track of the relationships and the HOA management structure had I read the other novels first. I’m not sure about the other books, but A Killer App is a bit dark for readers looking for a fluffy, punny, cozy mystery. That said, it’s a good read.

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Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press: Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019) as well as a nonfiction book, travel articles, and several short stories. She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is active in Sisters in Crime. She lives in Peachtree City, GA, working on her next novel and doing volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society and the Fayette County Master Gardeners.
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  2. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance. I prefer a print copy.

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  4. Thanks for the positive review! I really enjoyed researching Artificial Intelligence for this book. The villain is an expert in AI and can use it in very scary ways.

  5. I love that A Killer App is all about one of today’s big issues: the potential harm linked to misuse of AI . Sounds intriguing!

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  7. We have a winner!
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