Who By Fire highlights an amateur sleuth who uses skills learned from her father to solve an intricate mystery.

4.5-STAR REVIEW: WHO BY FIRE by Greg Rhyno

The Description

 Dame Polara Mysteries: Book 1
Publication Date: April 20, 2024

Haunted by a childhood spent picking locks, tailing suspects, and helping her hard-boiled PI father solve cases, Dame Polara has spent most of her adult life running from his shady profession and the memories she associates with it. What Dame wants now is simple — her safe job preserving heritage buildings, adequate care for her father’s mounting health complications, and to raise a family of her own. But life doesn’t seem to be going her way.

After serving her an eviction notice, Dame’s landlord offers her an alternative: she can keep her apartment if she investigates his mysterious wife, whom he suspects of cheating. When the investigation uncovers a serial arsonist burning down the very buildings Dame fights to preserve, she finds herself pulled right back into the seedy underworld of her father’s old profession. Now, she must rely on the skills he taught her if she’s to protect herself and the people she cares about most.

The Review

Dame Polara, still recovering from a divorce and failed IVF treatments, finds an unexpected path to recovery.

As the daughter of a seasoned private investigator, she agrees to investigate her landlord’s wife in lieu of being evicted. What she thought was a simple case of infidelity turns into a much bigger mystery that threatens to drag her deeper into the private eye world.

Author Greg Rhyno combines a witty main character with a complex mystery in Who By Fire. As her case deepens, she discovers a connection to a series of arson events related to her regular job preserving city buildings.

It turns out the culprit is hiding in plain sight, much closer than Dame ever imagined. She must race against time to put the pieces together.

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About The AuthorGreg Rhyno’s debut novel, To Me You Seem Giant, was nominated for a ReLit Award and an

Alberta Book Publishing Award. His writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Hobart, Riddle Fence, The Quarantine Review, and PRISM International. He completed an MFA at the University of Guelph and lives with his family in Guelph, Ontario.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Who By Fire highlights an amateur sleuth who uses skills learned from her father to solve an intricate mystery.4.5-STAR REVIEW: WHO BY FIRE by Greg Rhyno