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A mother turns to David to help free her son and another young man from prison, where they have spent the last ten years for a double murder many feel they did not commit. The police investigation was spotty, the evidence non-existent, and yet someone had to pay for the vicious assault on two young brothers. Never one to shy away from a tough situation David agrees to lookA mother turns to David to help free her son and another young man from prison, where they have spent the last ten years for a double murder many feel they did not commit. The police investigation was spotty, the evidence non-existent, and yet someone had to pay for the vicious assault on two young brothers. Never one to shy away from a tough situation David agrees to look into the case, despite the tense situation with his partner's family and the physical and emotional needs of the former-prostitute he's taken under his wing.With so many lives on the line, David must find a way to help them all without hurting the most important person - himself....

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A Fresh Set of Eyes Reviews

  • Ami
    2019-03-13 18:11

    Private detective David Lloyd returns in this 2nd book after 2011' Missing Daughter, Shattered Family. Nathan Klassen and his two friends, Alex Snider and John Dean has been imprisoned for murder of two boys for the past ten years. Last Christmas John Dean committed suicide. Now, Sandra Klassen, Nathan's mother approaches David to look into the case. While it has been a terrible crime, many people believe that the three boys didn't do it -- that the evidence had been circumstial at best.-------------------- Mystery has always been a favorite of mine -- and after a couple romance-related titles failed to entertain me for the past few days, this book comes just at the right time!This story is inspired West Memphis Three case. While I'm not familiar with it (since it takes place not in my country), I think the book is pretty good in laying down the case. The boys have been wrongfully accused and I enjoy the investigation that David does in order to figure out what truly had happened a decade ago. There are a couple of twists to the case (and actual identity of the murderer) and the pace is just right.It's lovely to read about David's relationship with Jamie, his partner for over five years, reaches another development landmark. This time with the olive branch given by Jamie's father. I have to be honest that I don't remember much from book #1 (darn my memory!). Luckily this is not one of those series that heavily relied on previous book.

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-19 23:01

    Things have changed for David Lloyd since his last case left him recovering from a gunshot wound and showered with the respect and admiration of law enforcement for bringing down a major crime ring. His relationship with his partner couldn't be better now that Jamie was living openly as a gay man and acknowledged David to his family and coworkers. All was looking pretty great until his next client walked in the door with a complex and somewhat futile assignment. The set upTen years ago, three young teenagers were given life sentences for the brutal murders of two young boys. The mother of one of the convicted, Sandra Klassen, hired David to reinvestigate the case to find evidence that would exonerate her son. The notoriety David received from the last case convinced her that he was up to the job. Talk about pressure. The issuesAlthough it's been ten years, the memory of the case is still fresh for many who were involved or impacted because they believed the teens were wrongly convicted. While David finds plenty to support that point of view, one he shares, it's all pretty circumstantial and he's going to also need to find out the identity of the real murderer. But, not everyone is willing to cooperate, including the murdered children's mother, and there were a lot of lies told the first go round. What I liked about the storyThis is one of those procedural style mysteries that you get caught up in as the investigation progresses. You get to use your own deductive reasoning as David solidly works the investigation, providing a lot of clues to work through simultaneously and independently. Some of the characters were murky and others who seemed to be an open book had more angles. An added bonus is his relationship with Jamie. Their evolution as an openly gay couple made such a difference for them and the impact on family, friends and co-workers was sensitively portrayed without overdramatizing the reactions. David is pretty special and Jamie is a hottie. The bottom lineThis is an interesting story, inspired by the West Memphis Three. There are a lot of characters to weed out and that made it even more enjoyable, especially as I was able to figure out whodunit before the end. I like these characters, the light element of romance, the strong elements of unconventional family and relationships, and the meaty and interesting case that anchor the story. I'm hoping this series continues and if you like thorny murder/crime investigations, I highly recommend you read both books. (I received an ARC from the author)

  • Anke
    2019-03-20 14:53

    So, I finished it and I think, this is even better than the first book of the series! A well thought-out solving of a crime, the relationship of David and Jamie moving forward at a believable pace. These guys are just too cute and yes, even hot although no on-page-sex (which is very nice for a change). So, now the waiting begins for the next installment. Please Ms. Strange, tell me you will write faster so that the next book will be out soon! Yes, I'm greedy that way:)

  • Edina Rose
    2019-02-27 18:18

    This is a good, "slow" mystery. I was able to put it aside easily in the middle of the investigation to finish another book. It's not gripping and fast-paced, but it's a good mystery and the investigation is cleverly done. There was no WTF moment, the book is logical, realistic, and every step taken in the investigation made sense to me. I liked that. People who like a great attention to details will like this book. It is also well written and the dialogues are good, realistic. The romance part is secondary to the investigation, but it is a nice addition. Jamie (the lawyer) and David (the PI) are a pair of smart, hard working and balanced guys. They have a very healthy relationship: their love is strong, they are both secure in the relationship, they have a mature approach to issues, they are not interdependent and ... I can go on and on. They are good together and their romance is not syrupy. Because I like the slow-paced, excellent attention to details aspects of the book, as well as the great balance between the two heroes, I wanted to give this book 5 stars. However, at the very end, Jamie makes a decision which is so typical of PI romances and the book lost a star. (view spoiler)[ Jamie who is a lawyer decides to resign and go work with David to do PI work because he thinks he will have more impact. Sure on the side he will do some legal work, but they are going to work at the same place, share the same secretary, who is also their "adopted" sister. See the picture? It is going to reduce the difference between them, and the difference was one of the things I found most refreshing in their relationship. This "I'll become a PI" happens nearly ALL the fucking time!(hide spoiler)]

  • Lady*M
    2019-03-24 20:08

    4.25 starsA Fresh Set of Eyes is the second book in David Lloyd Investigations series. This novel was inspired by the "West Memphis Three" case, though it is not necessary for you to be familiar with it to enjoy the story. Additionally, it is not necessary for you to read the first book, especially if you are reading for the sake of mystery, though it would give you some information on David's background and his nemesis. This book is set a few months after the first one (year 2000 or 2001).This is first and foremost a mystery, although David's relationship with his long-term boyfriend Jamie and his domestic life, which take a positive turn in this book, provide a good balance to the mystery and show different sides to a relentless detective.Though the evidence against them is flimsy at best, the three teenagers are accused and convicted for a gruesome murder of two young boys. Ten years later, one of them committed a suicide and the mother of another hires David to look into the case and try to prove their innocence.Once again, Ms. Strange gives us a competent, well-written mystery. David is a thorough investigator who follows every, even the smallest, clue and interviews all the involved and interested parties, many of whom have things to hide. This way we were given a number of suspects and possible scenarios of past events. The cast is large and varied. In addition to the several characters we met in the first book (Jenny, Dr. Garfield, Roberta, Stella), we are introduced to Alex and Nathan, two of the convicted men, Sandra Klassen, Nathan's mother and David's client, Mark Ester, her ex-husband, Tammy, Nathan's wife, Sam Miller, the young men's friend, detectives, social workers and many, many more. They all have their distinct personalities, even the characters who appear in only one scene. In the previous book I found the numerous interviews a bit repetitive, but here the author managed to avoid that and I found myself turning pages to see what new leads David would uncover.Another thing that worked better in this novel was David's private life. The author spent more time with David and Jamie and, especially, David and Jenny, the young prostitute David met on his previous case. The men are helping Jenny to get her life back on track and it was great to see David's nurturing side. I also liked how they handled the situation with Jamie's father. The situation itself was described realistically and the characters showed maturity which was somewhat lacking in the first novel (considering that both David and Jamie are in their forties). I admit it, I would like to see some intimate scenes between the two men (all sex scenes are fade-to-black), but they are not strictly necessary for the story.The situation with Jeremy Black, the man who ended David's career, remains unresolved at the end of this novel, though David delivered some highly satisfying ass-kicking. I was very, very pleased. :DThere were a few things that kept me from giving the book the highest rating. All the characters – and I mean ALL of them who don't have questionable motives – are unanimously convinced of the young men's innocence, including the detectives who worked on the case. There is not a single opposing voice in the book and I found that less than realistic. After all, these men were accused, tried and convicted, so someone must have thought that they were guilty. Additionally, the cast of this novel is the best articulated, well spoken group of people I have recently encountered in fiction – regardless whether they are ex drug addicts or vagrants, cops or lawyers. They even use a similar vocabulary, which pulled me out of the story a couple of times. However, these few flaws were far outweighed by positives and I enjoyed the book very much.A Fresh Set of Eyes is a treat for mystery lovers. The slow pace enables you to closely follow the investigation and, though the romance is secondary, the men are likable and their relationship appealing. It is very rare for me not to guess the bad guy and that was the case here, which is always a plus in my book. I'm looking forward to David and Jamie's new adventures and, especially, to the inevitable fall of Jeremy Black. Highly recommended.

  • Arlena
    2019-03-25 22:51

    Author: Liz StrangePublished By: MLR Press, LLCAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanBook Blog For: GMTARating: 5Review:"A Fresh Set of Eyes" by Liz Strange was a very interesting mystery read that I thoroughly enjoyed. This was a second in a series with Missing Daughter, Shattered Family being the first in this series. This novel was well written and had a good plot that this author set that really kept me intrigued till the end. Be ready for many twist and turns that will even make it even more a fascinating read. The characters were really off the chart good...especially David Lloyd who was a good investigator who had been fired by one of the boys mom to find who had murdered those two boys. David was taking a cold case and after ten years this cold case had been on the he started to work above and beyond to prove the innocence of the boys (Nathan Klassen, Alex Snider and John Dean) that had been accused wrongly and imprisoned for murder. What was strange about this case was that many people believed that these three boys had not done the murder.I really enjoyed how David took over this investigation and this mystery went at just the right pace to keep you up with just what was going on.. all making sense to me. Be ready for many details and finding a novel to be very well written with great dialog. Will there be a little romance between David and his roommate...well, this is where I will say you must pick up "A Fresh Set of Eyes' to find the answers to the what, why and how of this and many other questions. This was a good mystery...I did not find out until the very end. If you are looking for a good mystery, you have come to the right place for "A Fresh Set of Eyes" is a excellent read that I would recommend to you.

  • Holly
    2019-03-03 16:14

    Another solid novel in this mystery series. Again, if you're looking for a fluffy boy meets boy m/m romance this is not it. There is an established male couple but it's a comfortable marriage of a relationship. The relationship is not the focus of the book, the mystery plot is, although the love storyline isn't exactly pushed aside, it's merely woven into the fabric of the story. How cool is that?In addition to the relationship subplot, and the building of an unconventional family subplot (you'll have to have read the first book to truly appreciate that one). There is the mystery to solve. I do have to say, I did think I knew who did it and why, but never was I positive. And I liked looking for the clues that would prove me right or wrong.This is not a WHAMBAMFOUNDTHEKILLER plot. It's a long, slow decent into the details of the past, the suspects and the investigation. How enjoyable! It's nice to be able to immerse oneself in a world of mystery.I found this one much less "dark" than the first book. The subject matter is just as serious, but I found much less of a feeling of hopelessness. And one the relationship/family front there is lots to look forward to.I for one, will definitely buy and read the next book in this series. If you are a mystery hound with a penchant for a bit of m/m on the side, this book is for you.

  • Maame
    2019-02-23 18:13

    This was very good not as much as the first one probably because l know the story from which Ms Strange got the idea from. I have watched it many times on TV and even know which celebrities got involve and what happened to the boys. First 55% was a bit similar to the documentary l watched about the original case on the ID Channel in my opinion. By the time l got really involve l had forgotten some of the characters but l still enjoyed the fact that she kept me guessing who the killer was till it was revealed. Still not sure if it was that different from the original case but l definitely enjoyed it. Any mystery that keep proving me wrong till the end deserve 5 or 4 stars in my book. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Chris
    2019-03-05 20:53

    Very good m/m mystery in which David agrees to look into a case that's been closed for a decade, as the evidence that sent three young men to jail for killing two boys was flimsy and circumstantial. In a shocking development, I figured out who the real killer was the first time said killer appeared in the story!

  • Meggie
    2019-03-06 21:17

    This is a second part in David's Lloyd mysterious cases and in it a Mother seeks help for her son. Her son who was sentenced with his two other buddies for supposedly killing and butchering two minor children. From the start there is known that it was a set up and that a real killer is still free. I liked the case, David was good at his job and in his personal life with Jamie.

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-03-06 19:02

    First Line: The man struggled with his bulky load, at one time stumbling down onto his knee, bringing about a surge of pain.David Lloyd has barely recovered from the events in the first book in this series, Missing Daughter, Shattered Family, when a mother turns to him for help. She and others have been putting money into a fund to reopen the case that sent her son and another young man to prison. She thinks David is the right person to investigate the case.He barely scratches the surface when he learns that there's a good reason why so many people think these two young men are innocent of the brutal murder of two young brothers. The police investigation was shoddy and the evidence non-existent, and it seems these two young men were put behind bars simply because they'd caused trouble as teenagers and someone had to pay for this crime.Although he has plenty of other things on his plate (the tense situation with his partner's family and the ongoing rehabilitation of a young prostitute), the farther into the case David digs and the more people he interviews, he knows he's getting closer to righting a miscarriage of justice.I found this book to be even stronger and more engrossing than the first book in the series. David Lloyd is an interesting character, and through him and his partner, Jamie, author Liz Strange has created a sensitive portrayal of a gay relationship. David has the love and support of his family, and his grandmother has taken the young ex-prostitute, Jenny, under her wing. David has created a family for the young girl-- something she very much needs. Jamie, on the other hand, does not have the support of his entire family, which does cause problems. The relationship between David and Jamie is important, but the main focus of this book is the investigation-- and is it ever a good one!This is good old-fashioned P.I. work at its best. No matter how difficult, David tracks down all the people who were involved in the case ten years ago. He gets his hands on all the case files, and he gets help from professionals when he needs it. It is a case in which I'd separated all the right pieces, but I needed David's (and the author's) help to get the puzzle put together.Would I read another David Lloyd investigation? In a heartbeat. These books have characters that you grow to care about, and the mysteries really make you think. Do you have to read the first book in the series before beginning A Fresh Set of Eyes? No, not at all, but you may find yourself wanting to go back to see how and why David got his start in the private eye business.

  • Neet
    2019-03-02 15:13

    WoW!!! I loved this book...In this second in the David Lloyd mysteries, we find David healing from the wounds he suffered from his last intense investigation. David is living happily with the love of his life Jamie and they are building a life together (also remodling their home) and caring for a young former prostitute, Jenny who was brutally beaten in the previous case. Jenny, is like the little sister/daughter and both men love and are protective of her, she comes off as tough,but is so vunerable, you root for her small victories and love that Jamie and especially David care so much for her.David's plan is to get Jenny back into school and get her the skiils to be his receptionist at his PI office, and she decides that's what she wants so they enrolled her into school..While at the office one day, a mother walks in and wants to hire David, based on his reputation to look into a murder of 2 young boys, a murder that her son and 2 other young men were found guilty of 10 years ago.The woman is adamant that her son, though a troubled youth at the time, would never do anything so brutal and callous.The woman has the funds (that were collected thru a foundation to prove the innocence of these young men) and after hearing the evidence that is flimsy at best David starts to wonder what was the basis of their conviction.This story has many twist and turns.We get to see corruption and cruelty and the evil of those who feel they can use their authority to abuse the weak.Like the first mystery, you find yourself wishing those who are the villians to be punished.I love the fact that David, though flawed is a good man.He is protective of those he loves., but god help those that have hurt him our his family or his client.....he wants justice and to right the wrongs that have happen.As I've said I before, I plan to follow David & Jamie, and I hope Liz Strange is already plotting her third book in the series, because I'm greedy for more!

  • Sherry
    2019-03-06 23:14

    3.5 starsAn entertaining m/m mystery involving David Lloyd, Jamie, and Jenny. Jamie has now moved in with David and Jenny is settling in to her new life. I enjoyed how involved Jamie was in this investigation; it helped to flesh out his character for me. And while David wasn't the "lone wolf PI" in the first story, his seeking input from both Jamie and Jenny showed how much he values and trusts his new family....and that those feelings are returned.Do you need to have read the first in the series to follow this? Probably not as there are brief explanations but it will increase your enjoyment of the mystery.I scored it lower than I would have normally due to editing errors that I found distracting ('of' rather than 'off' and an instance where the speaker was mixed up between Jamie and his sister!). It's certainly not the worst I've read but noticeable in this as it was otherwise quality writing (IMHO). Personal niggle: (view spoiler)[Some of the beginning chapters or sections end up with odd sentences that were "leading" into the next in an open-ended way. For example, "Though he didn't know it then, the coming months would bring many sleepless nights." They aren't constant and I don't know why I noticed then....but I did and it kinda bugged me. It reminded me of how the Batman TV series ended up with the announcer telling you to stay tuned. (hide spoiler)]If you're looking for a sex-filled, angst ridden romance, this isn't it. It centers on the mystery, touches on family, and the sex is simply inferred. I'm a fan of the previous but this series is a nice change and well plotted. I am in hopes there is a #3 in the works to continue the story and wrap up loose ends.

  • Michelle Leah Olson
    2019-03-24 20:59

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:I'm a Liz Strange fan and whether it be her paranormal romance, her other romances, her YA, or her Mystery, plain and simple...the woman can write! A Fresh Set of Eyes was another great mystery by Liz. Picking up where Missing Daughter, Shattered Family left off, but with a new case (inspired by a true story for those that didn't know), David takes on a cold case many years on the shelf and goes above and beyond to prove the innocence of the 2 boys who were wrongly accused. The 'whodunit' had me completely surprised and I found that until the end, I had no idea who are true bad guy really was - a sign of a very well written mystery! LITERAL ADDICTION gives A Fresh Set of Eyes 4 Skulls and would recommend the David Lloyd Investigations books. They have characters with heart that you, as a reader, will grow to care about, and the plot lines are intriguing and suspenseful. I can't wait to see what happens next. With everything coming together nicely at the end of the book it opens things up for so much more.

  • Sharon Cox
    2019-03-03 19:09

    I finished this book this morning and I must say that Ms. Strange has presented another well-written mystery which I will be happy to reread.I really liked the characters and the story-line kept me reading. David Lloyd is an ex-police officer who was forced to leave the police after been seriously injured. He now works successfully as a private detective. He is gay and is in a committed relationship with lawyer Jamie. By this time of this book, Jamie has come out of the closet and is living with David. We are given peaks into their private lives but there are no heavy sex scenes. Both books focus on the mystery.The book is not one with a lot of action but instead is one which is driven by the investigation into the mystery itself.I would recommend 'A fresh set of eyes' to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

  • Suong Doan
    2019-03-24 22:56

    Loved it! Although it was obvious to me about half way in who the culprit was. But I found the book very engaging couldn't put it down!

  • Aurora
    2019-02-27 14:54

    A Fresh Set of Eyes is the second book in the David Lloyd Investigations series in which David deals with a harrowing case connected with the deaths of two young brothers. The mother of one of the young men convicted for the crime approaches David and asks him to re-open the case as she believes her son and his companions were made scapegoats by the police who were under pressure to find the killer. Unfortunately for David the original case took place over a decade ago and no new evidence has come to light so David is retreading the same ground. However, David has good instincts and believes some of the witnesses are not telling the truth and that is enough for him to believe the case warrants a second look. The police work in the original case seemed to be shoddy at best and I was hoping David's investigation would lead to more friction between him and the police, but David's last investigation has brought him renewed respect in the department. The case itself is interesting enough and while I respect Strange for showing just how unglamorous detective work can be, I really don't need to know David's daily routine from start to finish every single day and whether or not he was successful getting a parking space. The investigation mainly consists of endless interviews and a whole lot of research which can make for tedious reading after a while. I found most of the twists and turns easy to work out and had the real culprit nailed long before the reveal which did spoil my enjoyment a little since David seemed a bit slow on the uptake. I do read a lot of crime novels though so I always get a kick out of being proved right, although I get an even bigger kick out of being proved wrong.The second book balances David's home life a bit better than in the first where Jamie was a mere shadow half the time, however the men have moved in together and are able to share the stresses of the day together. There is also added tension between Jamie and his father who is having trouble accepting his son is gay and the family dinner scene was deftly handled, plus I liked how the issues were not totally resolved. I do wish the author would have more intimate scenes between the two men though, while I respect the romance is secondary to the mystery, a little more passion wouldn't go amiss.The demons that haunted David in the first book are not an issue here, apart from one fight scene between David and his nemesis, Jeremy Black, so we are still waiting on that particular man getting his comeuppance.While I still think Liz Strange is a very good writer, the book is badly let down by the atrocious editing which was evident from the very start with grammatical errors, misspelt names and wrong names being used throughout.

  • Gabbi
    2019-03-14 16:56 is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Strange and it definitely won’t be my last! I really enjoyed the roller-coaster ride of intrigue, mystery and suspense that is in this book.David is a private investigator who has been recovering from a gunshot wound he received two months ago. He’s healing nicely and his life is looking up due to his lover, Jamie, moving in with him as well as being surrounded by friends and family. Although he is content, he is starting to get a little bored hanging around the house, so when he gets the phone call from the mother of one of the three controversially convicted murderers of a ten year old case, David is immediately intrigued.After discussing the case with Jamie, who also happens to be a lawyer, he decides to meet with the mother and see what she has to say.Soon, David finds himself deep in an investigation that many believe the three accused and convicted men were innocent, so David must uncover the truth behind the killings and find out who is the real murderer, without losing everything he loves in the process.I really loved this book. David’s determination to find the truth behind the murders kept this reader on the edge of her seat. I liked the slow buildup of the novel itself, and enjoyed finding out facts behind the mysterious murders. I also appreciated the solid and strong relationship between David and Jamie. They made a very good team together and I enjoyed watching their relationship continue to grow. There is a loving, respect between them that really resonated off of the written page, so between their relationship and the mystery behind the murders, I was enthralled with this book from start to finish.With enough suspense and mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, A Fresh Set of Eyes is a must read for readers longing for well-written, perfectly paced novel. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series and highly recommend this book for those who love to read a good murder mystery!A Fresh Set of Eyes is the second book in the David Lloyd Investigations series. I admit I have not read the first book in the series, but I had no trouble picking up story where I believe, the last book probably left off. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone book, but since I’ve enjoyed this book so much, I’m going to go back and read the first book in the series. So, if you haven’t read either book, you might want to look into reading the books in series order.The David Lloyd Investigations series in book order are:Missing Daughter, Shattered FamilyA Fresh Set of Eyes

  • Suze
    2019-03-13 15:09

    David takes on a 10 year old wrongful imprisonment case and sets off to find out what he can.Jamie and he are more settled and their quiet domesticity is a nice backdrop to the investigations.The main protagonists are not from nice well to do neighbour hoods and there are glaring holes in the police and legal work from the original convictions. With a number of dodgy characters, lots of nefarious dealings come to light.I liked that it wasn't easy or clear cut - how can it be after 10 years, but David slogged on and got results.Enjoying the series

  • Brandilyn
    2019-03-04 16:59

    Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance Strange offered us well thought out and intricate mysteries in each installment. Each story was unique and address an important and somewhat dark concept with maturity, respect, and delicacy. Some readers may be sensitive to some of the themes uncovered throughout the investigations, but I hope that Strange's responsible handling of the topics will alleviate your concerns. Also most of the crimes, and certainly the darkest of them, take place off page.For full review see

  • Greg
    2019-03-26 15:13

    I am going to give the second installment of the David Lloyd Mysteries 3.5 stars. I like the main characters and was glad that the author continued this series and hope she writes more. My only complaint is the ending. It was very clched and I did a lot of eye rolling while reading that part (and got up and walked away a few times). Otherwise I would have probably given this story 4 stars. All in all it is a good read and I would recommend it, just wish the ending was written better.

  • Eva
    2019-03-11 20:00

    4.5 stars

  • Wendy
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  • Linda-Grace
    2019-03-11 15:04