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Patchwork People: The dead can still talk. A dark mystery and suspense thriller. (Patchwork People series Book 2) by [Martin, D.B.]
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The dead can still talk – as Lawrence Juste is about to find out – and what they have to say is deadly.



A tense psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl with No Past.


He thought he’d eluded the nemesis from his past - even made some kind of atonement for abandoning his family by defending his sister’s child against a murder charge. His black had become a mere dirty grey, with the possibility of being bleached enough to still make High Court Judge if he’d played his cards right, hadn’t it?


Someone obviously doesn’t agree.


Someone who persists in taunting him with notes and lies that lead nowhere but to more lies.


Someone who clearly wants him to dig even further into his buried past in order to clear his name.


Someone who might have already murdered once, and is ready to murder again. But they’re already dead.


For Lawrence, the twisted saga of deceit, intrigue and conspiracy continues as his family expands and the real truth behind his past begins to surface in this, the second book in the Patchwork People trilogy.


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What the reviewers say:

“Martin has continued her masterful story of Lawrence Juste, his past, and his attempts to be the kind of man his hero Atticus Finch would be proud of... You can feel his frustration and his anxiety throughout the whole book.... What seems to be an unravelling in Lawrence's life, is more of the piecing together the quilt of truth...It's a great novel.”

- lilmizflashythang.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/d-b-martins-patchwork-people-the-patchwork-people-trilogy-book-two/

“Let me put it this way...Here's one reader who can't wait to see how this Trilogy finishes! Brilliant illustration of the psychology of people and how our minds can both conceal, reveal...and hide, even from ourselves... Amazing Novel!”

- GABixlerReviews

About the Author

D.B. Martin is a British author writing in a variety of genres. The Patchwork series is a trilogy of suspense thrillers following Lawrence Juste, a British barrister, as his life unravels. As Lily Stuart she pens a YA teen detective series, with her sixteen-year old protagonist blazing the way forward in a flurry of teenage wit and sarcasm in 'Webs'. She also writes literary fiction as Debrah Martin. Information about all of her work can be found on www.debrahmartin.co.uk and www.lily-stuart.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: I.M. Books; 1 edition (30 September 2014)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to get me to buy the third and final book in the series. 7 March 2017
By Cid Herman - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave the first book in the series rave reviews. I liked it enough to purchase the second book. This second book has taken a highly bizarre turn that bothered me initially. It's about the hit and run that killed Margaret, wife of the Patchwork man. It is an unexpected twist that is very improbable. However, the author redeems herself by explaining it away with reasons that ALMOST make it seem possible, IF the reader is willing to suspend disbelief and allow some slack on the basis of "creative license" About the time I was feeling like the second book was a big let down, the the writers clever words and intricate plot brought me back in the fold. I will probably buy the third book to see how it all plays out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable mystery 29 December 2014
By TFLReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I love mystery and suspense more than almost any other genre. The problem is that so do many authors and there are so many books to choose from, many of them not so great. Not the case with D.B. Martin's "Patchwork People" series. A very well-written and well thought out mystery series, where this 2nd book is easily a standalone novel as well. The story of English lawyer Lawrence Juste, recovering from the death of his wife and trying to get his life back on track. Only, it is not meant to be and he is thrust into a new mystery. What I loved about this book is that the "mystery" is all personal. Lawrence doesn't exactly have a squeaky clean past or a wholesome family behind him. He has a lot to hide that could threaten his position and this makes things very interesting and conflicting for both him and the reader. Can't wait for the final installment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Read 1 October 2014
By Buster Boy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by D.B. Martin is an excellent follow up to the first one, Patchwork Man. Have no fear, you won’t be lost if you did not read the first one. However, getting the first book and reading it in order will make for a much more pleasant experience.

After the events of the first book came to a conclusion, Lawrence probably figured he could sit back and relax. Not so fast. A string of provocative notes, new dangers, and new mysteries all smack Lawrence in the face once again! Lawrence past is about to catch up with him. How will it all end this time? The author made the second book even more enjoyable than the first one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D.B. Martin's "Patchwork People" is a Mystery Novel You Have to Read 19 January 2015
By Marc Stern - Published on Amazon.com
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How can you improve on success? If you want to see an author who knows exactly how to achieve this lofty goal, read D.B. Martin's "Patchwork People," the second book of the Patchwork trilogy.

In the first novel, "Patchwork Man", we meet Lawrence A. Juste, QC, noted British counselor whose sterling record before the bar is about to catapult him to the Queen's Bench, the culmination of the dreams of many lawyers in the United Kingdom. The unsuspecting Juste is devastated by the untimely death of his strictly proper wife Margaret, killed by a hit-and-run driver. She has carefully crafted Lawrence's life so his path to the bench will be free of obstacles. Margaret is, by all accounts, the perfect wife for Lawrence. She seems coldly flawless, but was she?

As he takes time to prepare for her funeral, he is unwittingly drawn into the case of a boy who is unjustly accused of a crime. His late wife seems to be reaching out from the grave to direct his steps in this effort. Why would she do this? Is there something she never told her husband? As he plunges into this shadowy world, Juste is reacquainted with a family he has pushed aside and a nemesis he has tried not only to forget but also banish from all aspects of his life. Juste wins the case but at what cost?

In the first novel, Martin brilliantly paints a word picture that challenges you to follow and then provides the equivalent of a literary trail of crumbs to ensure that you do. From cover to cover, "Patchwork Man" is the equivalent of a novel-length trail of crumbs that leads you, quite willingly, to "People."

In "People," the past does rear up to ensnare the unwitting counselor-at-law. Indeed, his carefully constructed world -- built on a tissue of half-truths -- begins to crumble as a murder and a blackmail scheme threatens to put him behind bars. In the first novel, we found that Lawrence's real name is Kenny Juss and that he comes from a rather large, and not to respectable, family. We also found that Kenny may have known his sister Kimmy quite intimately at a rather debauched legal victory party a decade earlier. That party resulted in the birth of a boy who could be the Lawrence/Kenny's son, but is he? Indeed, did he really do his sister or was it someone else? If so, who was it?

Again, Martin pulls you into a world of shadows where the truth, half-truth and outright lie merge and separate only to merge again in a new pattern. For instance, is Lawrence/Kenny's new main squeeze Kat, an alluring social worker who is supposedly looking out for the young Danny -- the result of the party -- really who she says she is? Or, was Margaret really who Lawrence/Kenny believed her to be or was she something else? And, how about Win, his older brother, or even Heather, his law partner, were they really who they seemed? They are all patched together of many pieces that Lawrence/Kenny must arrange and rearrange to make any sense of things.

Everyone in Martin's fascinatingly well-written psycho-mystery has more facets than an expensive diamond, even the seemingly bumbling detective chief inspector. The characters are so well-crafted that, while you are in this patchwork world, they seem real. It is a world where you become concerned about the chief character and worry as his life tumbles down around his ears.

The very capable author, a master of words and writing, carefully builds a new lattice for Lawrence, as she sculpts the story through many intricate twists and turns. Martin has a real gift that she, thankfully, has chosen to share with her readers. Her gift is the ability to literally pull you into "Patchwork People" and keep you there as you hope that Lawrence will triumph.

Martin's ability to foreshadow and then build to the penultimate moment of denouement is exciting and a tribute to her ability. She is one of very few mystery writers whom I have read that has this ability that harkens to the masters of the craft. If you want to see a modern master at work in a highly enjoyable work then take the time to read "Patchwork People," as you will be glad you did. I would suggest making this enjoyable experience last by reading "Patchwork Man" first and then "People" second. You will quickly find out that not everything is what it seems, or is it?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patchwork people is a great sequel to Patchwork Man 28 February 2015
By MED - Published on Amazon.com
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Patchwork people is a great sequel to Patchwork Man. It is part of a Trilogy. Although some reviews say it is a stand alone book, I think you must read the first one in order to really understand all that transpires. Much of the plot refers to what went before and without having read it, you could be missing much of the story line. This book is not lite reading. The story line is intriguing and "twisty, twisty" as the character says.
KennyJuss, now called Laurence Juste (see first book), is a barrister on the way to success until a certain case is forced upon him. All the problems that have transpired in his boyhood, things that he has concealed, begin to unravel his life. Why is a mystery to him and one he must solve to maintain his climb up the ladder of success as well as his freedom.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way this story was written. The plot is convoluted and detailed. I wish I had kept a score card to refer to to keep the happenings and characters straight. Many of the characters are intertwined with each other as are the events in Laurence's life. I almost could not put this book down, wanting to know what, which, or who, would come about next. I highly recommended this book to anyone who enjoys an interesting, intriguing story. I can hardly wait for the third book, due out in April. I have already preordered it.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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