Friday 15 December 2017

Blog Tour / Book Review - Murder on the Lake of Fire by Mikel J Wilson

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 Musings :

The story started with a bang. The starting chapter itself was attention grabbing and then it got better as the story went on. I love murder mysteries and this was no exception. What really had me interested was the especially unique method of killing. Maybe there are other books based on it, but this is the first time I am reading a mystery with such killings. This seemed more brutal and heartless than a bullet or a knife kill.

The killing weapon, if we can call it, had me wanting to know the motive and the killer's identity. And the author kept me guessing till the end. I really couldn't point at any specific person  as the killer since each character seemed to have secrets of their own. So it was addictive, reading on to the end in suspense.

The main characters were well developed and the side characters too were formed well enough to sustain their roles. I wasn't expecting romance so the side plot of attraction between Jeff and Rome was surprising but it integrated well into the plot. So I am expecting to know how it plays out in the future books.

The ending had me feeling incomplete. Though it solved the mystery and all was explained, I was expecting more. But the last few pages had me thinking that maybe, there would an extension of sorts in one of the sequels. Maybe.. Maybe not.. But I sure am looking forward to reading the other books when they are released.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review: Different killing method + engaging characters = a fast paced mystery.

My rating :4/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

Author Bio:
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.



1 comment:

  1. Great review! This sounds like an entertaining mystery! :)