As The Twig Is Bent ( Matt Davis Mystery #1) by Joe Peronne Jr.

Book Description:

  • Series: The Matt Davis Mystery Series
  • Published:  January 2, 2009

Someone is raping and strangling women in the Chelsea district of Manhattan – but, who?  The only clues are: a signature heart carved into each victim’s breast (inside, the initials “J.C.” and those of the deceased); copies of the New Testament (with underlined passages referring to infidelity); and fingerprints of a juvenile arrested in the 1960s.   On the case is Matt Davis, a plodding but effective NYPD homicide detective who is addicted to fly fishing – and chocolate. His partner is a one-quarter Mohawk Indian, Chris Freitag, to whom he owes a long-standing debt of gratitude. Complicating things is Rita Valdez, a female cop looking for “true love,” and not too particular about where she finds it.  As the Twig is Bent is an explosive thriller that rips the lid off the sordid underbelly of Internet chat rooms, and propels the reader on a no-holds-barred journey toward its bone-chilling conclusion.

CAUTION: Contains graphic sexual material may be inappropriate for some readers.
Review –
This was a great “who done it” involving  internet chat rooms, murders, mystery and fast-moving action.  The characters are well-defined and very believable and if you like good murder mysteries, this one is for you. 
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Summer People (Ray Elkins Mysteries #1) by Aaron Stander

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Published July 1, 2009

It’s summertime and a mob-style murder followed by a string of unexplained deaths suggests someone is giving new meaning to the phrase “tourist season.”

It is late June in Michigan’s gold coast vacation area. The summer residents are settling in for the season and the tourists are beginning to flood the highways, beaches, and resorts. But the idyllic vision of a summer by the lake is suddenly shattered by a gangland-style slaying of one of the old money cottagers. This murder is quickly followed by the deaths of three more summer residents, each taking place under suspicious circumstances.

At times hindered by local politics and the proverbial tension between the summer people and the natives, Sheriff Ray Elkins searches for the possible links between the four victims. As he probes into their tangled lives and dark histories, he finds both the motive and the possible murderer.

Review –

This was another free book offered by Kindle and although the beginning was very promising with lots of potential and the middle had some interesting parts and the ending just leaves you flat. I’m glad I didn’t pay to read it.

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Beneath a Buried House (Detective Elloit Mystery #2) by Bob Avey

Book Description:

Published: June 15, 2010

Things aren’t always what they seem. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot’s quest to uncover the truth behind the death of a transient makes him a target – from whom or what he isn’t sure. When he brushes the dirt from the surface of an apparent John Doe overdose case, he finds a labyrinth of misdirection and deception beneath, and a trail, which leads him to an encounter with an aberration in human nature, the likes of which he’s not prepared to deal with.

Drawing on his strength of character, and sense of right and wrong, he wrestles with deep personal feelings to solve the case.

Review –

I found this to be a very good detective novel. It had multiple plots, well-defined characters and plenty of action to keep you turning the page. I will definitely read more from this series.

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