Courage Resurrected, A Ray Courage Mystery by R. Scott Mackey

Courage Resurrected by R. Scott Mackey
A Ray Courage Mystery
Publisher: Big Hound Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (197 Pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Myrtle

Ray Courage’s wife Pam died thirteen years before in a car accident. Or did she? Ray’s world is turned upside down when he receives a series of e-mails from someone claiming to be his dead wife, accusing him of attempting to kill her and vowing revenge. Ray sets out to find the identity of the e-mailer only to discover the circumstances of his wife’s apparent death appear to be all but accidental. Soon Police Detective Carla Thurber comes to suspect Ray of killing his wife, and of a subsequent murder of Pam’s confidant. Meanwhile, a murderous predator who does not want the facts of Pam’s death to surface aims to stop Ray. In the greatest challenge of his life, Ray must outrun the police and elude those who are out to kill him as he seeks the truth about his wife’s death.

Pam Courage is dead. She died in a car accident thirteen years ago. So why is her husband, Ray, suddenly getting emails from her?

Ray Courage is a retired college professor turned private detective. Not much surprises him, until Pam1111 starts emailing him, reminding him of their fight on the morning of her death. Granted, her body had been burned beyond recognition in the fiery car accident, but surely it was Pam in that car, wasn’t it?

The mysterious Pam1111 claims to be Ray’s wife. And she’s accusing him of murder. A case closed long ago, the police receive a credible tip and reopen the file, and Ray Courage becomes the prime suspect. This sends Ray on the private detective mission of his life. He recreates Pam’s last day and searches out those who talked to her shortly before the accident. He suspects her employer, Crazy Zebra, may know more than they are letting on, but the wealthy owner of this successful company appears to be clean as a whistle, even if he’s not very likable. A few other interesting people come into the picture during the course of this detective mystery, and none of them can be easily discounted. They are well-drawn and detailed and each play an integral role.

Ray Courage is a strong character, right from the start. The author, R. Scott Mackey, has a Mickey Spillane flair to his writing that keeps you in your seat wondering what’s next. There were a few careless discrepancies, such as daughter Sara’s name being spelled both Sara and Sarah and a few minor typos, “the muscles in my test tightened” that were disappointing, but they were never strong enough to take me completely out of the story. There were a few times in the beginning when new characters popped up without me knowing their background or significance, but hanging in there was well worth it. The further I read, the more involved I became, and in the end I was satisfied that the story had been told. The writer was able to tie up the loose ends leaving the reader feeling vindicated for staying with the story until the end.

Mystery lovers and detective fans will enjoy this novel, and most will likely want to pick up the next book in the Ray Courage Mystery Series.


  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed the review. Thank you!


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