*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and to Emma Welton of damppebbles blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: When PI Jordan Jenner returns to work following the death of his mother, his first case involves a murdered writer…
James Fairview has been killed. As a member of a prestigious writing group hosted by bestselling author Joseph Gordon in the heart of Cardiff, Jordan not only has to cope with solving the mystery, but also deal with press attention.
As Jordan investigates, he discovers his mother’s death may not have been so simple. And when another writer is murdered, Jordan realises the killer could strike again…
A murdered writer, a mysterious death, and a group with jealousy at its heart, this is Jenner’s toughest case yet.
A cosy murder mystery with a gay male detective, Murder on the Rocks is the first in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series. If you’re a fan of classic whodunits you will love this!
A perfect read for those looking for Welsh crime fiction.
Murder on the Rocks is a classic murder mystery – something of a cross between cosy mystery and police procedural, as PI Jordan Jenner is brought in by the local police force to help them solve a high-profile murder within a group of local writers.
Jordan is an interesting main character. Typically of fictional sleuths he has his troubles; with a difficult family history and a resultant habit of being unable to form any relationship deeper than a casual collegial banter. Still he has the lovely Oscar, no apparent shortage of admirers, and a rapier-sharp focus on the case at hand. I particularly liked that his sexuality, and those of his friends and family, are mentioned naturally when relevant but the plot and characterisations do not depend upon or revolve around this personal information.
The plot is gripping and complex, with a very small pool of suspects, but no end of motives and opportunities. I was kept guessing right up to the very end and then kicked myself soundly for some of the clues I had spotted but failed to fully assimilate. I was a little confused at the immediate exclusion of Andy, Graham, Franchesca and Sarah from further attention, and again nearer the end as Jordan is presented with a clue that helps him to finally piece together the full story, but it isn’t quite clear why his informant would go about things the way they did. In general though, the story hangs together neatly and keeps a good balance between action, interrogation and investigation.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-written, gripping murder mystery with an interestingly complex main character.
“Who knows how far James Fairview went?” Joseph questioned. “But my request is that you find out whoever killed him, and as soon as possible. The man was a swine, but he did not deserve to die.”
Jordan closed the interview and stood up. “Thank you, Joseph. Now, I believe you’re free to go, but just one more question. Why did you ask for me in particular?”
“Because I’ve been following your career for a while now, Jordan, though I never expected to be questioned by you,” Joseph replied. “And also because you are involved in this case more than you think you are.”
– J. S. Strange, Murder on the Rocks
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