Review – The Dark Side of Sunset Pointe

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The Dark Side of Sunset Pointe, a Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott. (Telemachus Press), 2013, 383 pages. 2972 KB; ISBN: 978-1-938701-94-8 (e-Book); 978-1-938701-95-5 (Paperback)

At the very beginning Michael Allan Scott warns the reader that this book “is a murder mystery intended for adults, it contains explicit language, sex & violence. If you are offended by this type of material, PLEASE DON’T READ IT.”

Readers, he is not kidding.  The first few pages will turn you off if you don’t like to read a book with this type of language.

The main character, Lance Underphal, a photographer for the Valley Free Press, is not your typical tall, dark, and handsome hero.  Nor is he a rugged knight in shining armor.  Instead, he is in his late fifties, more short than tall, hefty around the middle, a widower, and a slob.  Yet, he has a gift, or perhaps it is a curse: he receives psychic visions with the help from his dead wife, who speaks to him from her grave.  Underphal also suffers from migraines with excruciating pain and blinding light.

When Underphal gets the phone call to head out to a murder scene, he grabs his camera and off he goes.  Once he arrives and starts taking photographs the scene, a migraine takes over his body and he struggles to continue his job, but before he can finish, the pain over takes him, he blacks out, and is rushed to the hospital.

Once out of the hospital, Underphal looks at the photos he took at the scene, but there is one photo too many: a photo that is a complete mystery.   

Working with a journalist from the newspaper and a police officer, Underphal goes from crime scene to crime scene and the bodies keep stacking up in The Dark Side of Sunset Pointe.  Who is doing this and why?


Scott breaks the story into many scenes and if the reader is not paying close attention can easily get confused because of the many characters and their roles within the story.

Reading The Dark Side of Sunset Pointe brings to mind a quote from Sir Walter Scott.  (Isn’t the last name ironic in this case?) “Oh, what a tangled web we weave: When first we practise to deceive!”

I give this book a 5 Star Rating as a murder mystery, suspense, and a thriller.

Author Bio:

Born and raised at the edge of the high desert in Kingman, Arizona, Michael Allan Scott resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Cynthia and their hundred-pound Doberman, Otto. In addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing. For the latest, please visit

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3 responses to “Review – The Dark Side of Sunset Pointe

  1. May I suggest, you might like to review my book, Black Cat’s Legacy, just published at Amazon in paperback and e-book.
    With the aid of his ancestors’ memories, Thumper, the Fern Lake black cat knows where the bodies are buried. He must help Kimberlee solve her father’s cold case murder. But someone at Fern Lake wants to keep the secrets….secret, and will stop at nothing to prevent Kimberlee and her associates, a homocide detective and a mystery writer, from discovering the truth.
    A CAT MYSTERY, part of the story is written from Thumper’s point of view, as he tries to point out the clues to these humans who can’t seem to understand a clue, even when he puts it right under their inferior noses.
    Black Cat’s Legacy is a tale of intrigue and murder with a touch of whimsy. Written without graphic sex, descriptive violence or foul language, Black Cat’s Legacy will amuse and delight the reader looking for a clean but exciting mystery. I would be delighted to send you a copy of the book, if you’d like to consider it for review. Thanks for taking a peak.
    Check it out at Amazon under books – Black Cat’s Legacy!

    Elaine Faber