Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for Murder on the Lake of Fire. Below I have my review and a giveaway.
Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(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.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book. It’s a little bit of a departure for me being the first LGBTQ+ book I have read featuring men but the story synopsis intrigued me so I took a chance on it. The story is of an unusual murder involving a teenage skater who was apparently talented and heading for the Olympics. Her death brings investigators from the TBI to the town where she lived and from there the story twists and turns and puts red herrings all over the place.
Despite what I’ve just said this is not a massively twisting story, more one that is actually quite conventional if you are used to reading police procedural or detective stories. There are always twists and turns when new information comes to light and red herrings sent to send people off down the wrong track for a bit. In that this story is written really well. It moves at a steady pace and is written in such a way that you can feel, as a reader, that you are following the investigation as it happens.
I liked the pace of this book. I liked that it didn’t leap from one day or one thing to the next which some books do and can be quite confusing. This one didn’t do this, rather it took you on a journey with it and I think that is one of the reasons I kept picking it up, despite the fact that I’ve been having a bit of a reading slump recently.
The characters were obviously a major part of the story, from Emory Rome who doesn’t want to spend any more time in the town investigating than necessary to Jeff Woodward who is charming but mysterious, along with the supporting cast of Emory’s work partner, his family and the victims and their friends and family, etc. The characters are well-written and although I felt they could perhaps have had a little more depth to them this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book.
This book is Mourning Dove Mysteries #1 which suggests there are more to come and I look forward to reading them when they are out. While I think this book could have been a little better, hence the 4 stars and not 5, I believe this can grow into a very enjoyable series that will end up on my list of series I read. You know the one I mean, the series where you get the next book without needing to know the blurb, that one. I can see these books ending up on that list and that is something I don’t say very often.
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.