Don't Shed A Tear

Rated 4.82/5 based on 11 reviews
When Lola Hussey, newly fledged Private Investigator, was on a night out at a ragga party in London she spotted someone who looked like her long lost brother, Marley, on the dance floor. As she pushed through the crowd to reach him, two shots rang out and there was alarm as screams replaced the boom of the music. Lola's second case had begun - and this one was much closer to home. More

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About Betty Byers

A long time native of London I now live and work in Singapore with my zoo of pets. Some would say I ran away from high tax and gloomy weather. I would say their powers of deduction might well be accurate. But you know low tax, low crime and hot weather every day can make a woman yearn for the edginess and excitement of London enough to bring it to life in the written word.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the imagination flourish.

Betty Byers is not just my pen name but was my mum’s name and I use it in tribute and memory to a woman who gave me my love of books.

Also in Series: Lola Hussey Mysteries

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Review by: Stan Adelman on Feb. 18, 2014 :
Once again Betty Byers has come up with a really good book. The pacing of the novel was wonderful, and the action flowed logically. The fact that the novel is written from Lola's perspective helps the reader understand her behavior which, from the outside, might seem illogical. l really enjoyed reading the book, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
Review by: Beth's Book Reviews on Oct. 9, 2013 :
This is second book in the series and I actually haven't read the first book yet, but the author set everything up so well that I was up to speed with the characters and backstory in no time. So you don't need to worry if you, like me, have yet to read the first book. You won't be lost at all!

Lola was such a fun, likable character who you'd genuinely want to be friends with in real life. Julian and Joe were also great characters and actually reminded me a bit of Morelli and Ranger in the Stephanie Plum books.

The author's great writing style provided a nice flow to the story and kept me up long past my bedtime following Lola as she investigated the mystery surrounding her brother. I hadn't anticipated the emotional impact of her journey and some scenes were quite powerful and left me teary eyed.

This is a wonderful new series by a clearly talented author and I highly recommend it! I can't wait for the next in the series!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: Jim Liston on Oct. 6, 2013 :
This is the first book I've read by Byers and I have to say I'm impressed. She has created well-developed, believable characters and made me care about what happens to them.
I would have liked more action earlier in the book. I understand the need to develop characters and plot, but some excitement closer to the start of the story would have engaged me sooner. Another round of editing to correct some formatting problems and other errors wouldn’t hurt either.
Overall, this was a fun story to read and I look forward to reading more of the author’s work.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Voicu Mihnea Simandan on Oct. 2, 2013 :
In this second book in the Lola Hussey Mysteries, we see a more mature main character who is ready to take on a new case and find the truth behind the mystery that revolves around her brother. Although there are a few coincidences here and there, I believe that the author herself also matured as a writer alongside her character. Compared to the first book in the series, “Don’t Shed a Tear” makes a better read and, although it follows the same structure and pattern as the first book, it leaves the readers wondering what’s the next challenge Lola is going to have to face in the next installment.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Dlh on Sep. 30, 2013 :
Another great read by Betty Byers. I loved her first book, Don't Call Me Baby, and this follow-up is even better. There is another mystery to be solved, but the underlying story of Lola just trying to make the right choices with her life is what draws the reader into the book. She is like everyone else making mistakes along the way. But because of her job, her mistakes could get her killed.

If I didn't love my ereader so much, I might have thrown it because of the twist at the end of the book. But then I wouldn't be able to read the next Betty Byers book, which in my opinion can't be written quickly enough.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Jane Lavuire on Sep. 24, 2013 :
Betty Byers offers the reader a vivid and well-constructed plot that is expressed by an eloquent and engaging writing style. I was hooked within the first few pages and found myself devouring each chapter as I simply just couldn't wait to find out how the story was going to play out. I don't want to leave any spoilers in this review, as this is one of those 'hidden gems' of kindle, but I will say that this is something that any thriller/mystery genre fan can appreciate and enjoy. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Julie Wein on Sep. 24, 2013 :
Don’t Shed A Tear is the second in the series of Lola Hussey Mysteries. In this installment, Lola and her partners in a private investigating company take on the case of an up and coming reggae singer, Godfrey, who has been receiving threatening phone calls.

After having left an office job that Lola found boring she is finding that her current job is anything but. As the case unfolds, Lola and her partners Joe and Julian realize they will have to go undercover to determine who is making the threatening phone calls that are the center of this investigation.

In the course of the investigation, Lola finds herself in a dangerous situation she can’t get out of on her own. With a little help from her fellow PIs, Lola is rescued but pulled off the case as a result.

This gripping and suspenseful story is one that easily keeps readers hooked from the first page to the last. Satisfied readers should be sure to look for installment three of the Lola Hussey Mysteries.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Etruscan on Sep. 20, 2013 :
Again Betty Byers took us for a very enjoyable ride. I liked Lola's balancing act between her two knights in shining armor. I also liked how Mrs. Byers builds the suspense, psychologically without the use of the stereotyped violence found in American potboilers. Lola and her fellow investigators use their wits instead of blasting bad guys away to find the perp and put him away.
I am looking forward to Lola's next adventures.
PS. I wonder which is Lola's favorite masterpiece by Paolo Uccello. The battle of San Romano or Sir John Hawkwood's fresco.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Erica Lucas on Sep. 18, 2013 :
“Don’t Shed a Tear” is the second Lola Hussey book I’ve read, and I enjoyed it as much as the first. Last time we saw Lola she had just solved her first crime as a fledgling private investigator, with the help of two sexy partners, Joe and Julian.

This sequel picks up a little after where “Don’t Call Me Baby” left off, and Lola and Joe (whose real name is Al, but she sticks with what she met him under) are happily in a relationship—though she still questions if she has feelings/attraction to Julian. The three are now a team taking on new clients, and their first is a man named Rory Templeton, who has hired them as protection for his up and coming reggae fusion star King Dix.

Lola’s forced to hit the gym to step up her protection abilities, but it stops being fun and games when someone shoots at King Dix and Lola sees her long-lost brother, Marley, at the scene of the crime. Her job becomes twofold: protect the musician and find out who is trying to kill him, and track down her brother.

“Don’t Shed a Tear” is filled with suspense and a page-turning plot, lightened by the humor of the characters and the romantic entanglements. I can’t decide who I want Lola to end up with, which makes for a great triangle. Though this book can be read by itself without having read the first one, I’d still recommend a reader pick up the other one first, so that they can enjoy its plot without any spoilers. Recommended to fans of mysteries, romance, and Stephanie Plum books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: R. Coker on Sep. 18, 2013 :
I have to admit that when I first ran across "Don't Shed A Tear" I wasn't sure what I would be in for since the book's description was short on details... however, I quickly found myself drawn into the world of Lola and her search for a brother that had disappeared a long time ago. The book was written with an eye for detail, a flourish of vivid imagery and a wonderfully fleshed-out strong female character that managed to capture my attention and make me believe in her PI case and her quest for Marley. It had great timing, always seeming to move at the perfect pace from slower when a more heavy moment called for it to fast-paced when the action truly began take place. I liked that Lola was strong, independent, intelligent and a go-getter... able to seek out the clues and unravel the mystery of Marley and the case with a flair for style and humor that just made the novel that much more enjoyable. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained while reading "Don't Shed A Tear" and am looking forward to seeing what else Ms. Byers has to offer readers as this was a wonderful introduction to her writing style.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Lydia L on Sep. 15, 2013 :
This is one really fun mystery. I didn't know what to expect as mysteries tend to be written rather seriously, but the protagonist (Lola) has a sharp wit with plenty of sarcasm as well. Along with the great humor, the book has suspense, intrigue, and plenty of well fleshed-out supporting characters. I realized that this is second in a series, but it can easily stand alone. I plan to definitely pick up a copy of the first book. I like Lola, and her world is very entertaining, I will be looking forward to more of this series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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