Monday, July 12, 2010

Back On Murder by J. Mark Bertrand

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Back On Murder
Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

J. Mark Betrand


J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota.

Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead. Besides his personal website, visit his Crime Genre website at

The next book in this series, Pattern Of Wounds will come out in the summer of 2011.

Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out.

A missing girl. A corrupt investigation. They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:

Roland March is BACK ON MURDER...

Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details. But when he's the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he's given one last chance to prove himself. Before he can crack the case, he's transferred to a new one that has grabbed the spotlight--the disappearance of a famous Houston evangelist's teen daughter.

All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he's still one of Houston's best detectives.

Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Back On Murder, go HERE.

My review:

Great book, and one of those read in one sitting kind. This is the debut solo novel by this author - he co-wrote one a few months ago, also suspense - and his debut solo is definitely worth reading.

He has created a unique hero for his story. A "has-been" cop, who has a chance to get back what he used to be - a great homicide cop. There are two cases going on in the book, and he gets shuffled back and forth between the two, only he convinced that the two are related.

There is a lot of police action and suspense, and I feel the author did a great job portraying the "behind the scenes" stuff in addition to the on the scene.

The book does start out a bit slow, but then it gains momentum and the major part of the book is very suspenseful and is hard to put down - so I didn't. :-) Very highly recommended by me to mystery and suspense readers.

And though this book was written in first person point of view, a style I don't care for, it is one of the better written first point of views that I have read and/or reviewed.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the review copy.