Sleight Malice

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
One cold Melbourne winter's night a suburban bungalow goes up in flames. When a badly charred body is discovered in the remains, web designer Desley James is devastated. That’s until she learns the unidentified male body is not that of her friend and her husband. Not realising until it's almost too late what some people will do to cover their tracks, Desley teams up with private investigator... More
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About Vicki Tyley

Based in rural Victoria, Australia, I write fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.

My other interests include photography and web design.

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Reviews of Sleight Malice by Vicki Tyley

tony cole reviewed on April 28, 2011

Once again, on Rich Adin's recommendation I read this ebook, and as with her other two ebooks, I really enjoyed it. The suspense and puzzle about what on earth was going on kept me happily engaged right to the end....
She is a good writer, and well worth following
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Richard Adin reviewed on March 2, 2011

Yet another excellent book by Tyley. Clearly of the class of PD James. Highly recommend all of her books.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Susan reviewed on Feb. 10, 2011

Sleight Malice was my reward read after getting on with new years’ projects. I love to have a good read up my sleeve… and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Vicki’s story telling skills are such that I instantly feel I know her main characters very well. No turning back to the first few chapters to check on details.

In this story, Desley is a loyal, trusting soul who is confronted with confounding deceptions, and reacts in a very human way. She has a quirky side too … who would’ve thought of preparing a Vegemite snack the way she does!
Desley is surrounded by a gamut of strong characters all with their own agenda and seemingly plausible reasons for their actions.

A well thought out, entertaining story.

Keep writing Vicki. I also appreciate the research your stories contain, in addition to the excellent editing.
After reading this story, Thin Blood and Brittle Shadows, I will have no need to check out a preview of your future books... I know I’m assured of a quality read, thank you for that luxury.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)
Sylvia Massara reviewed on Jan. 11, 2011

As usual, the Queen of Suspense takes the reader through a labyrinth of situations and clues where the reader thinks "Yes, yes, I know who's done it!", but we're often wrong. When Vicki is ready, and not a minute before, she eventually leads the reader to a culminating and unexpected ending.

Like Vicki's other book "Thin Blood", I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sleight Malice. The story gripped me from the start and then I couldn't put it down--even when I was supposed to be working on other things. LOL.

I will soon embark upon another suspense adventure with Vicki's "Brittle Shadows" and already I know it's going to make an excellent read.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
GraceKrispy reviewed on Oct. 18, 2010

A fire destroys a neighbor's house and Desley is anxious to find out what happened to the residents of the house- her best friend and her friend's husband. When it turns out that the only casualty of the fire is an unidentified man, the search for the missing couple is on. Desley's determination to unravel the mystery of what happened to her best friend takes her on a suspenseful journey to the truth; a truth that just may change her forever.

Vicki Tyley gives us another great read. Suspenseful and intriguing, this book is hard to put down, and each small twist and turn keeps you engaged right through to the end. Each new secret that is uncovered leads you to make new guesses as you try to discover the truth right along with Desley. With well-developed characters and interesting connections tying them together, there is never a dull moment. You are pulled further into the story with every new discovery, and it's hard to put the book down before you find out what truly happened.

Having read the author's first book, "Thin Blood," I was very pleased to find the writing style in her second book more fluid and engaging than her first. The actual writing shows growth and maturity, and proves the author is one to watch. There were several places, however, where I was confused by a seeming jump between chapters. One chapter would end in a bit of a cliffhanger, and the next would start the next day, or hours later in a different location, without any of the intensity of the previous chapter's ending. Those jumps were a bit confusing, and somewhat of a letdown after the ending of the chapter before. It added a bit of an awkward break in an otherwise exciting, flowing storyline.

Overall, a great story that is well worth the read. I will continue to look to Vicki Tyley for stories that hold my attention and make me want to read more!

4.5/5 stars (rounded up to 5)
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
Timothy Frost reviewed on Sep. 15, 2010

Laura and Ryan's home burns down. A man's body is found in the embers but Laura is missing. The police seem baffled. Laura's best friend, website designer Desley James, takes matters into her own hands to solve the mystery. The more she probes, the more complex things become. Friends and family are drawn into the intrigue. Twist follows turn as the story builds up to a tense climax - and a most surprising conclusion.

Vicki Tyley has given us another fast-paced, highly readable mystery, set in her Australian homeland. It's a hugely enjoyable read, with fully developed characters and natural dialogue, and some well-judged romantic interest along the way. Vicki Tyley deserves all the success and acclaim that she is receiving both for this title and for 'Thin Blood', her debut book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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