Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dark Sleuth Book Review: The Accidental Truth by Lauri Taylor

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 was the day that changed Lauri Taylor's life forever.  She had been living a relatively comfortable life as a housewife and mother in Orange County, California when she received a call from her sister.

Their mother, 68 year-old Vista resident, Jane Kling, had missed a scheduled business meeting and no one had seen or spoken to her in a couple of days.  The family was concerned.  

A missing persons report was filed the next day.  It marked the beginning of a 4 year ordeal to determine exactly what happened to Jane Kling.

Part of the answer came more than a week later.  Kling's body was found in Baja, Mexico. Mexican authorities were treating it as a homicide.  

Lauri Taylor's memoir, The Accidental Truth, tells the story of a daughter who becomes her mother's advocate.  It chronicles the family's struggle to have their mother's death properly investigated, given the vast differences between American and Mexican law enforcement.

Taylor's determination leads her to partner with famed FBI criminal profiler, Candice DeLong (who also wrote the foreword).  Their combined efforts solve the case.

It is also the story of sad, painful and surprising family truths unearthed by a murder investigation.  The results are shocking to everyone, including Taylor.

In the end, Taylor must reconcile what she has learned about her mother, her mother's death and about herself.  

The book is also a reminder that families are their loved one's biggest advocates.  Continued pressure from family members can keep a case going, long after the leads have dried up. 

  • Title: The Accidental Truth: What My Mother's Murder Investigation Taught Me About Life
  • Publisher: SelectBooks (May 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792696

  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792698

  • To read more on Lauri Taylor, visit her site:

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