Friday, June 25, 2010

Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand *a review*


They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:

On the back cover
Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he’s disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details…until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity. All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life.

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0637-5
ISBN-10: 0-7642-0637-0
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.375
Number of pages: 384
Publication Date: Jul. 10
Formats: Paperback
Publisher: Bethany House

About the author:
J. Mark Bertrand

He earned an MFA from the University of Houston and lived in the city for fifteen years. After one hurricane too many, he and his wife moved to South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.

My Review:
I love a really good mystery and “Back on Murder” is the greatest. I love to see how the title and cover of the book fit the story. The title “Back on Murder” tells you just what March is trying to do. This book is written in the first person, which I usually don’t like, but in this book it is fantastic. Roland March reminds me of Sam Spade, when he finds a clue he keeps working it until it makes sense.

Roland’s wife Charlotte is a corporate attorney and you can tell from the beginning of the book that they have a lot of problems in their marriage. There is something that is really eating at March and Charlotte, and not to far into the book we find out what.

March has/does make mistakes like all of us, but he doesn’t give up. This is his last chance to save his career. March is trying to acquire respect back from the other officers. He is the first one to discover facts at a crime scene that is significant to the case. Then his boss calls him into his office, and gives him one more chance.

A lot of books are full of light hearted banter and as I call it fluff, but “Back on Murder” is like real life. If you love a good mystery you will love this book.

J. Mark Bertrand co-authored with Deeanne Gist in the book “Beguiled” which was a super read so I knew this book was going to be wonderful and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is a page turner and I had a hard time not sitting down and reading it at one time.

I always try to figure out who did it, but couldn’t with this book. One that will keep you guessing to the very end. I’m really glad this is going to be a series. One book isn’t enough. I want to see
March’s next case, how things continue to go in his marriage, how he gets along with the other detectives etc…… So much to ponder.

This is J. Mark Bertrand’s first mystery and I say he has found his calling. He is one of my newest, favorite authors. I highly recommend this book. It is a book you will want to keep and enjoy over and over.

Available from Bethany House
and Amazon

~I received this book from the author to read and review. ~

Available July 2010


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