Book Review | Murder on the Down Low

Title: Murder on the Down Low

Author: Pamela Samuels Young

My Review:

Awesome! I can sometimes pick out who the murderer is but in this case, I never saw it coming! African-American men are being murdered in Los Angeles, seemingly with no connection. All are well off, educated, attractive men. All were killed in the same way. A serial killer is on the loose. They all have one thing in common that the police don’t want to admit – they’ve been cheating on their wives and girlfriends… with other men.

Maya Washington is dead, having contracted HIV/AIDS from her long-time boyfriend, Eugene Nelson. He was having an affair with anther man. Her friends, Vernetta Henderson, J.C. Sparks, Nichelle Ayers and Special Moore, think that he should pay for what he’s done and file a wrongful death suit against him. Soon these story lines intertwine and events take off. When Eugene is murder by the serial killer, Special becomes a suspect. Can the others, two lawyers and a cop, figure out who is really behind it?

I loved this book but must say that I found the statistics in this book much more frightening. All the stats in this book are true – African-American and Latina women make up only 24% of the female population in the United States, they account for more than 80% of the total AIDS diagnoses for women. Why? Because they trust their men, are unlikely to insist on protected sex, don’t get tested for AIDS, don’t insist their partners get tested and are among the most likely to be unable to afford medical care. Also, African-American and Latino men are afraid to admit they are gay, get married and continue to have sexual encounters with other men. This book is both a great murder-mystery and an indispensable educational tool. I strongly recommend it!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*


Myla is a life-long resident of Nova Scotia, Canada. She is married with two sons. A self-described bookworm, her hobbies also include knitting, painting, photography and music.

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