Back on Murder eBook ´ A Roland March Mystery ✓ reflectionslisburnltd

ePub É A Roland March Mystery ☆ J. Mark Bertrand

ePub É A Roland March Mystery ☆ J. Mark Bertrand F 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 With the help of a yout Roland March is a homicide detective with struggles at work and life He gets a break at work messes it up with impatient decisions and lands on a missing person case which seems would remain unsolved forever An event lands him a new break which he better utilize after learning from his earlier mistakesThe book was ok I kept on hoping it would get better and I would like it The narration first person from March's view point was so slow I actually read another book in between usually I will finish one fiction before continuing to another Roland irritated me in the beginning his thought patterns especially towards his wife and other woman was not something I liked In the beginning of the book an event is introduced to explain his actions and the relationship between him and his wife This event was only revealed halfway through the book after which I felt compassion for him and started to understand him The relationship between him and his wife also improves towards the end of the bookI love my suspense books as fast paced can't wait to see what happens next This book took me long to finish Some chapters were slow and boring and some again faster and interesting so left with mixed feelingsI also like it when the characters in christian fiction talks to God and the relationship between them and God is evident Yes March did not believe but there was no real conversation about God not even between the believing characters and March Yes there was mention of it but no real testimony really except for Hannah the missing girl But this is my own personal preferenceSo happy to be done with the book but it did not leave me wanting to read the rest of the series Will eventually finish it maybe we'll see

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Back on Murder eBook ´ A Roland March Mystery ✓ reflectionslisburnltd ✓ Det Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out 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 transfe H 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 detective I heard about this book through a First Things article that lauded it for being a good Christian novel that treats like real people in all of life's harshness I hate the morass of terrible holier than thou kitsch that is Christian fiction so this caught my eye Having read the book I am glad to say that Mark Bertrand lives up to the reviewThe most notable fact is that if you didn't have an insider information you would never know that this was a Christian novel or that Mark Bertrand is a Christian writer That is so valuable in my opinion because as Ross Douthat once said Christians should spent less time creating Christian art and just focus on creating good art periodThis is a book that lives up to the cynical nature of detective noir Roland March the protagonist is deeply flawed and the setting Houston which also happens to be my hometown is realistically harsh There's no rose coloring the nature and gravity of crime and how it eats away at men's soulsI love the portrayal of the Christian characters The protagonist himself is not a Christian and it's amusing to see how an outsider reacts to a contemporary American Christian culture that is honestly really uirky I literally laughed out loud at some of the little remarks he makes about Christian culture like how his partner has to constantly translate Christian lingo into real English The Christian characters themselves are well human which for a Christian novel already says a lot They hurt They hate They make bad decisions They scheme And that portrayal is important because Christian fiction is loaded with one dimensional characters who zoom through conflict and hardship never dirtying themselves with the sin of the world They are good people but there's is an imperfect goodnessBack on Murder does not give you an easy or happy ending all wrapped up in a bow It's plot is wrapped up in the realism of the world's evil But unlike most crime fiction which either basks in that evil or just throws up it's hands and says it is what it is the story retains glimmers of true hope The darkness may be much greater than the light but that just makes the light shine brighterThe prose is fast and riveting Despite being 380 pages I powered through this in 2 days never getting tired or wondering why the scene was dragging onI also enjoy the fact that the novel's setting is in Houston my hometown Crime fiction uneually favors three cities New York Los Angeles and Chicago as if those were the only three cities in the entire country It's nice to see an author rep H Town I felt a bit of pride every time Bertrand mentioned a location and I was like hey I've been there Like when he describes how much George R Brown Convention Center resembles a sinking cruise liner or when the Hurricane comes into town forcing characters to scramble for cover I was like I understand perfectlyRead this book It's exciting and riveting and a fast read

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Back on Murder A Roland March Mystery #1Det Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out 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 himsel This was a fair to OK mystery novel It felt like it took FOREVER to finish I just kept waiting and waiting and checking my progressit seemed like there was a lot of unnecessarily long side story Also I found the characters hard to like The main character wasn't someone I could find myself rooting for He was justblah The mother of the missing girl didn't behave like a bereaved mother The youth pastor was creepy The missing person's detective was pretentious Half the cops were dirty The main detective's wife was moody unreasonable And there were so many characters it was hard to keep track of who was whoThere was a huge tragedy that happened in the life of the main detective and his wife which they don't explain until about 23 of the way through the book but you can guess after the first few chapters It made the whole thing weirdly sad but didn't seem to add anything to the depth of the bookI was happy when it was over not because it was a great book but because I could start something new