Book Review | Back on Murder
Author: J. Mark Bertrand
I am a huge fan of suspense novels, so I was interested in reading the novel Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand. On his website, Bertrand says this is his first crime novel, so I wanted to see how the story would develop and if the characters and plot would engage me in the novel.
The story revolves around Roland March, a frustrated and disillusioned homicide detective who feels like his career has crumbled and he has one final chance to save himself. He starts at a multiple-murder which he then believes is connected to the disappearance of a teenage girl. To solve her disappearance may be his chance to find his way back into the good graces of those around him and find him peace in his own life.
I must admit, the novel had a slow start for me. I couldn’t pick out why I felt that it was lagging, but I found it really difficult to dive into (which generally, with suspense and crime novels, is not an issue for me). In the beginning, however, I did find the scene where they set up fake contest “wins” as a means of catching criminals with outstanding warrants to be quite funny – not something you normally find in a crime drama. Overall, I found the novel to be “okay” – I hate using the word “okay” but it, to me, the best descriptor forÂ Back on Murder. The plot was interesting but, at times, difficult to follow. The characters were reasonably developed but I didn’t feel a connection, as a reader, to Roland March. That connection is what I find imperative to loving a novel and it just wasn’t there for me.
If you enjoy crime drama or suspense novels, this book may be of interest to you. I would be interested in reading Bertrand’s next book to see how Roland March evolves – I think there is something there and I’d like to see how it does develop in future books.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*