I received an e-ARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours. This does not affect my review in any way.
Author: Mikel J. Wilson
Series: Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
I don’t read a lot of mystery novels (I think this is the second mystery novel I’ve read this year). This is because I’ve had a lot of bad experience with mystery novels. They’re usually very boring and make me sleep. This one however, was totally different. I was actually washing the floor at home and reading this book at the same time. I didn’t even care that water could get on my phone. That just shows how good this book is.
The plot of this book is amazing! I didn’t guess the identity of the murderer at all. And even when the murderer was known, I didn’t forsee the plot twist that came after. Although, there were a bit too many killings, the plot was really enjoyable.
Also, the gay romance was really cute. This is the first mystery novel I have come across that actually has gay characters and in this case, gay main characters. If that doesn’t make you want to read this, I don’t know what will.
The major characters, Emory and Jeff were very well-written. Emory was a good guy who obeyed rules all the time while Jeff was also also good guy who liked to twist rules to suit his needs. Since they were both after the same thing, they decided to work together and of course, sparks flew. Their arguments made me laugh and quite a few times, I couldn’t help but marvel at Jeff’s ingenuity . Even when his secret was revealed, I still kinda liked him. He was my best character in the book.
My only problem with this book was the end. Something happened to Emory and I didn’t like his reaction to it. It really disappointed me because I thought he was much stronger than that. I’m not sure if my way of reasoning is wrong or skewed but that’s what I feel
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.
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