Thursday, July 21, 2016

Murder and More (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 14) - Gerald W. Darnell (Review)

Murder and More by
Series Carson Reno Mystery Series Book # 14
Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Detective
Publication date:
March 1st 2016

Publisher: cr Press
Format: ebook, 221 pages
How I got it: Gerald W. Darnell for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5

Carson’s feud with a local crime reporter continues, and then suddenly the husband of his client is brutally murdered - a husband he’s been hired to investigate. Mysterious characters weave a web of blackmail and suspense, while leaving Carson with more clients than he can handle.

The Memphis police have warned Carson to back off, but an employee of a friend is missing from a murder scene and he’s determined to find her and the killer.

Follow Carson to New Orleans, Humboldt, Memphis and Florida where he chases numerous suspects trying to track down a missing person and the killer he’s been hired to find.
Enjoy this unusual adventure for Carson Reno, as he struggles to solve the case of ‘Murder and More’.


My thoughts:

This book follows Carson who is a private detective at his own company.  He has been hired by a women Ava to find some incriminating evidence against her husband so she can divorce him, apparently the first private detective following the husband came into this knowledge and now is blackmailing her for this information to be released. 

There are a lot of characters in the book, but they are easy to follow along with.  The author does a great job giving a small tidbit about each of the characters when we first meet them so it is not overwhelming and you wouldn't have had to read the whole series to follow along.  Also, each character presented doesn't necessarily pop back up in the book so it was easy to move on passed those encounters. The author also does an amazing job describing the scenery around Carson while he is out and about.  It felt like while reading you were transported to the 1960's and seeing everything that Carson was seeing.  I love how the author brought the world to life.

Carson was an interesting character to me, he seemed very smart and didn't let the big things really interrupt his day.  He seemed very confident in his work and just wanted everyone to be safe.  He seemed like someone who I can see people confide in easily, but he would need to work through if they were being truthful.   I also liked that he let Lydia join his team since she sort of got cut out of the deal.  I can see how he gets his clients through just one book.    Carson also seems very intelligent to piece everything together as well as cautious making a very good detective.

I loved how in the ending the author did a great job summarizing the case.  The author did a great job keeping the story moving, but I still had lingering questions on how everything was going to turn out and the author did a great job nicely summing everything up.  At the end of the book I didn't have any questions left on who was involved in the case.

This is a very quick read book that you don't really need to have read the entire series to keep up with.  I would suggest this as a nighttime read it is the perfect book to take your mind off a busy day and get lost in a new world. 
I received a copy of this book from Gerald W. Darnell for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


About the Author

Gerald W. DarnellA Florida native, Gerald grew up and attended high school in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, he spent time in Hopkinsville, KY, Memphis, TN, Boston, MA and Newport, AR before moving back to Florida – where he now lives.

Gerald worked as a Senior Manager with several Fortune 100 companies, before officially retiring in 2007. His non-fiction book, ‘Don’t Wake Me Until It’s Time To Go’, is a bio-narrative including humorous stories and events spanning his life from pre-high school to retirement.

His fiction books are what he calls ‘Fiction for Fun’. They use real geography and include pictures and characters some readers might recognize. The ‘Carson Reno Mystery Series’ are adventure mysteries set in the early 1960 time period, with the primary geography being Memphis and small southern towns. Core characters continue through each book, along with new and unique characters for each story.

During the early 70's the author worked from an office in the Memphis Peabody Hotel, so many of the events about the hotel in Carson Reno’s stories are real, as well as many of the characters you meet.

His books are available at selected bookstores, gift shops, on-line and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble . e-books are available at Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook formats.

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