Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dying For a Thrill

Author: Mark Zubro
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02016-0533
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Police Procedural, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Everyone is used to their lives going to hell when a blizzard hits.  For Mike King, things go from bad to worst and he’s not sure who to trust other than his team.

Dying For a Thrill is action-packed from the very beginning.  With its vast cast of characters, however, it is also confusing at times, but don’t feel bad because main character Mike King is just as confused. 

Mike is a private detective.  He and his team have just finished a case and are planning on heading home, hopefully before the worst of the blizzard hits.  A young man comes into the office and passes out, but not before claiming someone is out to kill him. I had to laugh and shake my head at the reaction of Mike and his crew when Jamie passes out.  Not only do none of them seem overly concerned, but the information that comes out regarding Mike’s past relationships is crazy. 

The information that Jamie reveals is something you would expect to see on the big screen and more than once, I had to go back and re-read a passage because the young man’s tale is a little over the top.  Before long Mike, and the readers, will see that not everything is what it is supposed to be.

There are many twists and turns in Dying For a Thrill that the reader will be left guessing who to believe and what is really going on.  I liked that in this story.  I liked having a mystery that isn’t easy to figure out, while at the same time going a little crazy trying to decide just who the bad guys are, and trust me, there are several to choose from.  

Dying For a Thrill is a story in which the main focus is the mystery that Mike and his crew find themselves involved in, instead of the romantic interest of its main character.  While this story may not be for everyone, I strongly suggest those readers who enjoy a good mystery give this book a chance.  As the first story in the A Mike King Mystery series, there are more stories to look forward to, and I am curious to see what the author has planned for Mike next. 

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