Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand

A missing girl. A mysterious shooting.
Roland March is “Back on Murder.”

I had been wanting for this book for a very long time. I had seen an advertisement on a website for it, seen it at the bookstore, but I didn’t have enough money to get it. But when I was at Borders for their “Going out of Business” sale, I caught a glimpse of the book’s yellow cover peeking through some other books on the top rack of the bookshelf. I quickly picked it up, ecstatic. I am so glad that I did.
Back on Murder was a well-crafted tale of deceit and cover-ups, taking me on a ride that made me think. How all the cases that March becomes involved in connect is fascinating. Mark handles all the characters and events with great precision, making sure he does not lose his readers.
While the plot of the novel was very intriguing, I found myself more interested in the books protagonist, Roland March. With the first person viewpoint, mark creates a witty, intellectual character who we can easily decide we want to spend more time with. What I really liked about March was that I wasn’t sure what to think of him at first. One page I liked him a whole lot, and then on another, I was wondering “What in the world is wrong with this guy?!” Mark really makes sure we get to know this character, that we like him.
I am very excited to get into the second book of the series, Pattern of Wounds.

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