Monday, February 27, 2012
Back On Murder
Back on Murder is a Roland March mystery, meaning that March appears in more than one story by Bertrand. I am OK with this since March is a flawed character and is kind of cool to boot. This story starts with March in the doghouse at work--he is the "suicide cop," meaning that he is the first on the scene when a brother in blue offs himself. However, he gets himself assigned to the missing persons task force of a lovely young church-going girl in Houston (after he is taken off a drug-house murder, possibly related) and he manages to get tangled up in several cases--all somehow related. I won't give too much away as it's a tangled web of goodness and you must read it to understand it.
I was highly engaged in this mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. The relationships were complex yet easy to relate to, and the secondary stories were also interesting and a tiny bit funny. I appreciated a book set in Houston, seeing as how I just visited there. This is definitely a pick-up if you love a good mystery and excellent storytelling, or if you just like complicated and flawed characters. I love both.