Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) (E–book)


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  • Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1)
  • J. Mark Bertrand
  • English
  • 24 May 2020
  • 9780764206375

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review Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) 103 read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ J. Mark Bertrand characters Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) 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. For some police officers the dead body is the end of the case The search for the living is over and there is nothing left to do For homicide detectives the body is the start The dead body is the door opening on a case waiting to be solved For Homicide Detective Ronald March the results of a shootout in southwest Houston are his ticket back to fully functioning in Homicide and ending his exile of being farmed out on garbage details If he does not screw it up Since that fateful tragic day seven years ago things have not been right personally or professionally What happens over the next few weeks and months in the summer and fall of 2008 might be his last chance at everything A local loan shark by the name of Octavio Morales is dead as are several of his criminal associates Detective March should not even be in the house surveying the carnage as he has fallen out of favor with his bosses But a house full of dead gang bangers brings out everyone and March couldn t stay away It has been far too long since he last worked a real murder case and he burns with the need to work one He surveys the scene and only March spots the evidence that indicates that a hostage was there and now is gone Despite the fact that he alone found the evidence March is still locked into the bottom of the pecking order and wasting his time with crummy assignments Whether it is the freuent sting operations enticing bad guys to show up and claim the cars they won the cop suicides he gets stuck with or a number of others the details are garbage jobs March has earned his bottom feeder status and he isn t going anywhere At least until he spotted the evidence that no one else noticed and changed the case from a routine killing to a missing hostage search That earns him a temporary reprieve and minor league status in the Morales case Assuming he doesn t screw up But he will He does And yet March also makes his own kind of twisted luck It may be tarnished luck but under all the slime there is luck and every now and then he comes through in a strange way This debut mystery by author J Mark Bertrand features the usual stereotypical elements of a burned out detective a nearly destroyed marriage thanks to personal tragedy and a city that is little than a cesspool with a population stirred up by a hysterical media tracking a missing person s case Usually these sorts of books are set in Los Angeles Instead the former Texas resident set it in Houston and also managed to weave in Hurricane Ike from a couple of years back along the way Somehow despite beating the stereotype drum in nearly every area J Mark Bertrand makes it work Before long one gets pulled in the noirish style world of Ronald March where he freuently makes mistakes and yet survives against all the odds Psychology is a huge part of this novel and March uickly becomes not only your friend but a guy you know that just seems to always have the deck stacked against him He can t play politics goes his own way and does not fit in and yet manages to always get the job done The author s MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston shows throughout the debut novel as one gets the feeling every character trait and plot point is orchestrated for effect in order to make a nice neat check mark on the master list At the same time when he is actively working and on the chase occasional overwriting and stereotypical blemishes vanish as Mr Bertrand brings the scenes alive so well you can almost taste it It is when the action slows and March becomes contemplative about his life and what has happened that the novel drifts a bit That also means occasional errors in grammar pacing the timeline of the novel etc are glaringly present Just like in real life not everything in Back On Murder is tied up in a nice neat package While most plot lines are tied off well one minor storyline involving a tenant is cut off way too nice and neat It comes to an abrupt dead stop and results in a missed opportunity for further character development and secondary plot Considering how hard the storyline had been pushed up until the abrupt ending the reader is left to wonder why it just suddenly ended in that way Overall the novel is good but not as great as it could be This may be a case where writers would be a bit harsher in their criticism of the book than the average reader as we recognize the tricks being used to tell the tale Still the read is full of mystery political infighting action and no easy answers and results in a 382 book that will keep you guessing most of the way through J Mark Bertrand has a fairly decent foundation of a series to work from based on this book It will be interesting to see how it goes in the next novel in the series Pattern Of Wounds scheduled to be published this July by Bethany House Back On Murder A Roland March Mystery J Mark Bertrand Bethany House A Division of Baker Publishing Group July 2010 ISBN 978 0 7642 0637 5 Paperback 384 Pages 1499 Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System Kevin R Tipple 2011 دیوان بلخ results of a shootout in southwest Houston are his ticket back to fully functioning in Homicide and ending his exile of being farmed out on garbage details If he does not screw it up Since that fateful tragic day seven years ago things have not been 100 Reasons to Panic About Getting Married right personally or professionally What happens over the next few weeks and months in the summer and fall of 2008 might be his last chance at everything A local loan shark by the name of Octavio Morales is dead as are several of his criminal associates Detective March should not even be in the house surveying the carnage as he has fallen out of favor with his bosses But a house full of dead gang bangers brings out everyone and March couldn t stay away It has been far too long since he last worked a Selena Gomez Natural Star real murder case and he burns with the need to work one He surveys the scene and only March spots the evidence that indicates that a hostage was there and now is gone Despite the fact that he alone found the evidence March is still locked into the bottom of the pecking order and wasting his time with crummy assignments Whether it is the freuent sting operations enticing bad guys to show up and claim the cars they won the cop suicides he gets stuck with or a number of others the details are garbage jobs March has earned his bottom feeder status and he isn t going anywhere At least until he spotted the evidence that no one else noticed and changed the case from a The Artful Avocado A Delightful and Definitive Handbook for the Gardner with an Indoor Specialty routine killing to a missing hostage search That earns him a temporary Strategy Concepts of Bill Belichick reprieve and minor league status in the Morales case Assuming he doesn t screw up But he will He does And yet March also makes his own kind of twisted luck It may be tarnished luck but under all the slime there is luck and every now and then he comes through in a strange way This debut mystery by author J Mark Bertrand features the usual stereotypical elements of a burned out detective a nearly destroyed marriage thanks to personal tragedy and a city that is little than a cesspool with a population stirred up by a hysterical media tracking a missing person s case Usually these sorts of books are set in Los Angeles Instead the former Texas Athletic Shorts Six Short Stories resident set it in Houston and also managed to weave in Hurricane Ike from a couple of years back along the way Somehow despite beating the stereotype drum in nearly every area J Mark Bertrand makes it work Before long one gets pulled in the noirish style world of Ronald March where he freuently makes mistakes and yet survives against all the odds Psychology is a huge part of this novel and March uickly becomes not only your friend but a guy you know that just seems to always have the deck stacked against him He can t play politics goes his own way and does not fit in and yet manages to always get the job done The author s MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston shows throughout the debut novel as one gets the feeling every character trait and plot point is orchestrated for effect in order to make a nice neat check mark on the master list At the same time when he is actively working and on the chase occasional overwriting and stereotypical blemishes vanish as Mr Bertrand brings the scenes alive so well you can almost taste it It is when the action slows and March becomes contemplative about his life and what has happened that the novel drifts a bit That also means occasional errors in grammar pacing the timeline of the novel etc are glaringly present Just like in The new gravity A new force a new mass a new accelerationunifying gravity with light real life not everything in Back On Murder is tied up in a nice neat package While most plot lines are tied off well one minor storyline involving a tenant is cut off way too nice and neat It comes to an abrupt dead stop and Living With ME Chronic Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome results in a missed opportunity for further character development and secondary plot Considering how hard the storyline had been pushed up until the abrupt ending the A Step of Faith reader is left to wonder why it just suddenly ended in that way Overall the novel is good but not as great as it could be This may be a case where writers would be a bit harsher in their criticism of the book than the average Entre ses mains reader as we Joining the Preppers Creamy Herd Post SHTF Hucow Dairy Book 1 recognize the tricks being used to tell the tale Still the Eden's Children read is full of mystery political infighting action and no easy answers and Graphic Design Rules results in a 382 book that will keep you guessing most of the way through J Mark Bertrand has a fairly decent foundation of a series to work from based on this book It will be interesting to see how it goes in the next novel in the series Pattern Of Wounds scheduled to be published this July by Bethany House Back On Murder A Roland March Mystery J Mark Bertrand Bethany House A Division of Baker Publishing Group July 2010 ISBN 978 0 7642 0637 5 Paperback 384 Pages 1499 Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System Kevin R Tipple 2011

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review Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) 103 read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ J. Mark Bertrand characters Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) 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 himsel. Caution Contains a Naughty WordRoland March treated as an invisible by the rest of the homicide suad discovers a key piece of evidence that someone presumably a woman had been tied to the bed where Octavio Morales had been shot He s anathema to the rest of the department for reasons unknown but having to do with a personal tragedy in his life and he has been assigned to the Car Suad which tricks persons with outstanding warrants into thinking they might have won a car so they show up only to be arrested It s not considered to be glamorous duty But because of his find the Lt assigned him back on the murder suad In the meantime Charlotte his wife an attorney in a premier legal firm is on drugs to help her sleep and wants Roland to get their garage apartment renter out for throwing irresponsible parties And romance Forget itMarch wants nothing than to redeem himself in the eyes of the Homicide Suad and things begin to look up until he tries to make a connection between the disappearance of a local girl and the girl missing from the murder scene of Morales For some reason this book is billed as a Christian mystery and comes from a publisher traditionally known for those kinds of books whatever the hell they might be It does have a couple of church member characters but they seemed uite real and flawed to me and March certainly doesn t have majestic epiphanies Then again perhaps the Christian threshold is so low that all it takes is the absence of fuck Just a good solid detective story I ll definitely read from the author despite the label

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review Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) 103 read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ J. Mark Bertrand characters Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) 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. This book interested me because I like murder mysteries It wasn t a bad book it just wasn t greatThough it was less than 400 pages it seemed like a looooong book I kept checking the chapter menu to see how far along I way and how far I still had to goI found that there were so many characters in this book especially the number of cops that I couldn t keep them all straightSomething happened in March s past that haunts him but you don t find out what it is until about midway Given what it was I kind of figured it out anyway it would have been better knowing what it was so you d understand his behaviourThe ending was so so not overly exciting This was the first in a series but I won t be rushing out to read the othersBlog review


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