Murder Most Foul by Joanne Myers

Murder Most Foul by Joanne Myers
Publisher: Melange Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (191 pgs)
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.

The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. Determined to find the truth, before anymore killings, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.

Murder Most Foul had the makings of a classic whodunit. Two bodies washing up on the riverbank, oddball characters, FBI agent, and to round things off, an amateur sleuth. However, the book didn’t have the I must keeping reading quality for me.

At the beginning of the story we learn a lot about one of the victim’s parents. They’re quirky, well described by the author, and despite their strange behavior and way of thinking, fun to read about. However, I did feel the main characters who actually drive the plot, Agent Walker and Jackie should have entered the story sooner than they did so I could feel some connection to them. I never felt like they were telling me their story and therefore I didn’t feel like cheering them as they worked to solve the crime and stop more killings from taking place.

The setting was great, lots of color added by Ms. Myers as to where this story takes place. Pacing was spot on too. The secondary characters were great and many for this short read.

If you like a quick mystery with some oddball characters thrown in, this might be one for you.

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