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The Five Manners of Death

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  15 reviews
After a construction worker unearths a human skull on the campus of the University of Mississippi dating to the 1960s, an older woman’s desperate attempt to erase history counts down the five manners of death.

Dr. Diana Bratton is a surgeon surrounded by bodies after the discovery of her Aunt Phoebe’s 50-year-old note detailing the manners of death. Suicide, accident, natu
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by WordCrafts Press
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Cherry Atkison
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book so far Darden North! Started one Friday and finished by Saturday Night. Loved the suspense it has, couldn't wait to turn the page. Loved how it kept me guessing and loved being from Jackson, the plots that took me here and all over Mississippi! This was awesome, can't wait till next one!
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are said to be 5 manners of death. North’s characters explore each of them in his latest novel of the same name. They are as follows:

Natural Death – due to disease or old age
Accidental Death – most often by an accident or mishap, sometimes by overdoses or allergic reactions
Suicide – intentionally taking one’s own life
Homicide – murder
Undetermined – could be any of the above, but the information isn’t clear enough to be definitive
As a surgeon, Dr. Diana Bratton often sees dead bodies. But w
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last weekend on a visit to Natchez, I sought the local bookstore--Turning Pages--and visited while Darden North was signing copies of his latest book. Always ready for a mystery, I bought a copy and started the adventure of a series of murders somehow linked to a 50 year incident. The writing was clear, and the plotting was tight. I especially enjoyed a character who appears in a few chapters--Drusilla Minton--who is a wonderfully described Southern eccentric. The book delivered several reversal ...more
Ashley Hampton
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book is unorthodox. I felt as if I was reading something that wasn't germane to the plot and then BAM! There was then a connection for why those two pieces of information or those two people were important. And then it went back to not really seeming important and another BAM! It took me longer to read this book than usual, as I did have to read some sections twice. About three-fourths into the book, the mystery is uncovered, and I was pleased to see that I guessed correctly. ...more
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Plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat in this contemporary whodunit, set in the modern South.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. North's best book yet, IMHO!!!

I did run across a few "errors"... Near the end, as the ambulance was pulling away, the blue of the lights pulsed across the trees. In MS(in fact, I believe in all of the US of A), emergency medical vehicles run red strobe lights.

A couple minor grammar glitches... Most glaring was the reference to padding the city of Oxford's "coiffures"(we know those Ole Miss co-eds love their tresses), but should have been "coffers".

All of which I'm willing to accept, because,
Emily Pritchard
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 5 Manners of Death is a book that really pulls you in on the first page. I love how you follow the Aunt's essay through the story along with the main character. And the ending is a total surprise which at first, you feel cheated. And right at the very last, you end with a very satisfying conclusion that makes you want to immediately reread to see if you can pick up any clues as to the villain's true intentions. Very well written.
Finney Moore
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful and entertaining!
Martha Cheves
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Five Manners of Death - Review by Martha A. Cheves

What are the five manners of death? They are:






It appears that someone in Jackson, Mississippi, is following suit with each of the manners of death. As each person dies, Dr. Diana Bratton finds herself, as well as her aunt Phoebe, more and more involved. The tangle of lies begins to unravel after a body buried 50 years earlier is discovered on the Ole Miss college campus during a construction project.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Dr. Diana Braton lives with her daughter, but her medical practice pulls time away from her family life. Her ex-husband [who has remarried] lives nearby but Diana doesn't trust him. Suddenly people around her begin to die and her Aunt Phoebe might be connected to their deaths. Diana does not want to believe that Phoebe is involved. On top of the current murders, a skeleton is uncovere
Michael Hartnett
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At Least 5 Manners of Great Mystery
Brad, the boyfriend of this fine novel’s heroine Diana, says at one key juncture: “Closure. That sounds like dialogue from a Lifetime movie.” Given its skill, style, and cleverness, The 5 Manners of Death by Darden North is the furthest thing from a Lifetime movie.
As the title suggests, the victims are delivered in many forms of termination. All are punctuated by those human little dramas intermingled of stress, suspicion, and blame that make the characters be
Rabid Reader
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining murder mystery that is set in modern southern USA. People seem to be dropping like flies around Dr. Diana Bratton and she is convinced that there is more to the story than just coincidence. Her search to find out who or what is causing the deaths leads her in a direction she is hesitant to take. The story jumps back and forth from the university campus in the 1960’s to present day Jackson, Mississippi, which helps create depth, intrigue, and also muddies the water so that ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best yet

I have read all of Darden North's books and found that his work continues to improve, even as the reader thinks the last one was already perfection . The Five Manners of Death is an intense, fast moving mystery that kept me turning pages in an effort to keep up with the pace of the story. Well done! I can hardly wait for the next one!
Skyler Boudreau
2.5 / 5 stars

I loved the setting and most of the mystery, but had some issues with the ending and the writing itself. A full review will be available on Reader Views soon.
Dave Moyer
Decent enough pacing and premise. Just OK.
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Darden North's mystery and thriller novels have been awarded nationally, most notably an IPPY in Southern Fiction for "Points of Origin."

"The Five Manners of Death" released June 15, 2017, joins his other novels "Wiggle Room," "Fresh Frozen," and "House Call." Darden has served on author panels at writing conferences including Killer Nashville, Murder on the Menu, SIBA Thriller Author Panel, and