“By Any Means” will be published in 2014 (May) and was written by Chris Culver. This is Mr. Culver’s fifth novel to be published in his mystery series following the character of Ash Rashid. The book is available through Amazon .
Indianapolis Detective Ash Rashid is currently working community relations. He has had that detail for the last eight months following his encounter and subsequent shooting death of a young man with a gun. He was cleared in the shooting, but still has not been returned to his status as a detective. The fact that Rashid is a Muslim is woven through the story, but really does not enter into the mystery.
He encounters what appears to be an auto accident on his way home one afternoon that thrusts him back into the role of detective. What appears to be an accident, quickly develops into a homicide. To complicate matters, a good samaritan stopping to help has been kidnapped.
Because of the urgency of the situation and the fact that he started the investigation, Rashid is somewhat reluctantly placed in charge by his superiors. As the investigation progresses, the crime seems to be somehow tied to human trafficking and prostitution.
An underworld contact of Rashid’s, the Russian Kostya (a character from earlier books in the series), is somehow involved. While he provides Rashid with information, he also has his own agenda.
I enjoyed this book and give it a 4 out of 5. The characters were well developed, and the story engaging. Given the opportunity I would read other books by this author.
“Apprehended” was published in 2014 and was written by Jan Burke (http://www.janburke.com). Ms. Burke has published 10 novels and many short stories. “Apprehended” is a collection of four of her short stories. This book is available on Amazon.
While these would be considered mysteries, they are more straight forward in their explanation of the respective crimes than you would normally expect of a mystery. Each describes a crime, why and how it was committed, without the investigative discovery that you would normally expect of a mystery.
Ms. Burke did a good job of developing her characters and creating short engaging stories. I personally would have preferred more mystery to the stories. I am not a big fan of short stories, still I do recommend this collection with a 4 out of 5 rating.
“13:24” was published in 2014 and is the first book by author M. Dolon Hickmon (http://1324book.com). This book is available on Amazon.
Chris is an abused and troubled teenager who finally reaches his breaking point. Many attribute his crime spree at first to the dark music he listens to. By chance his favorite band, Rehoboam, is in town for a concert.
William Hursel is the detective that is called in to the resulting crime scene. He sees the result of a teenage boy gone crazy, but believes that there is more to the case. The more he digs, the more he uncovers.
Josh is the lead singer of the popular band Rehoboam. Josh comes from a hidden past where he was abused. Now a teenager who has reached out to him is involved in a crime spree. Because of the abuse they have both lived through he wants to help but it is bringing back the nightmares of the trauma of his own youth.
The novel takes the reader through a world of child punishment and those who are willing to pay to watch it as Chris rebels and Detective Hursel pursues him.
I found the writing and character development excellent. The story was very engaging and I recommend this book (5 out of 5).
“Far Gone” was published in 2014 and is the latest book by author Laura Griffin (http://www.lauragriffin.com). This book is available on Amazon. Ms. Griffin has published over a dozen books.
Andrea Finch is a young detective with the Austin, Texas police department. Her career is on hold after the shooting death of a young man. While she is on administrative leave, her younger brother, Gavin, contacts her asking for help. Gavin is evasive as to why he needs money, causing Andrea to travel to west Texas to investigate what he is involved in.
Jon North is an FBI agent investigating a man, Shay Hardin, who he thinks is responsible for domestic terrorism. Hardin has a large ranch in west Texas, which is where Gavin Finch is living.
As Jon and Andrea continue their investigations they cross paths. Jon wants Andrea to help him get Gavin to provide information as to what is going on at the ranch. Meanwhile Andrea is torn between her oath to uphold the law, and her concern for protecting her little brother. Adding to this conflict is a spark of romance between them.
I think that this book was well written and I related well with the characters. It was a good thriller/mystery, that has the added appeal of being set partially in central Texas where I live. I do recommend (give it a 4 out of 5) this book.
“The Burning” published in 2010 was written by Jane Casey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Casey). This is her second novel. The story is of a young Detective Constable of the Metropolitan London Police, Maeve Kerrigan.
She is working on a task force put together to find the Burning Man, a serial killer who has brutally killed four young women, then set their bodies on fire. She is called to the scene of a potential fifth victim, but she is not convinced that it is the work of their serial killer.
Maeve begins to look into the life of the victim in an effort to determine if the young woman, Rebecca, was killed by the Burning Man or a copy cat. As she digs deeper, she finds a connection between Rebecca and the death of an Oxford college classmate. In addition to the long hours spent on the case, she is troubled with a deteriorating relationship with the man she is living with, Ian.
As the story progresses Maeve is hospitalized by an encounter with the serial killer. Her relationship with Ian ends as well. Maeve continues to pursue the truth about Rebecca. The story ends with the serial killer behind bars and the full story of how and why Rebecca was killed.
I found the story to be well written and a good mystery. I recommend this novel.