Broken Promises by Joe Perrone Jr.
Joe Perrone Jr.
Broken Promises is just the kind of sleuthing that a reader wants in a good mystery. It’s written so well that you feel you are there, like a fly on the wall in the day of a detective.
When the body of Maggie McFarland, an 86-year old widow, is found among the rubble of the once-famous, landmark Artemis Hotel, leveled by fire nearly seventy years ago, residents of Roscoe are shocked.
However, it is not the location where Maggie is found, but rather the manner of her demise that has everyone puzzled. For it isn’t a heart attack that has felled her; nor has she suffered a stroke, or taken a fatal fall from a porch.
Her life has not ended so uneventfully. Maggie has been killed by a bullet to the heart, fired from a pistol at close range. Who would possibly want to kill this kind, gentle woman, known throughout the area as one of the best trout fly tiers within a hundred miles of the famed Beaverkill River?
That is the mystery that confronts Matt Davis in Broken Promises, one of the most baffling cases of his career.
Review by Beeshon:
I do love crime thrillers…in any form, whether they’re books, movies, or TV shows. I especially like crime thrillers with a recurring main character, e.g. the crime-busting detective/private eye. S/he may be a bad-tempered maverick (à la House), or s/he may be shabbily lovable (à la Colombo): either way, if s/he captivates me, I’ll be sure to read/watch subsequent adventures.
Matt Davies is one such character: he’s dedicated, gets the job done, but he’s compassionate and…well, just an all-round jolly good chap. If ever I was to have to be arrested, I think I’d want it to be by him!
In this novel, Matt has to get to the bottom of the tragic murder of a much-loved and well-respected elderly lady. A slightly confused elderly lady, who finds herself in the wrong place at the very wrong time. It’s a murder that shocks the Roscoe community. It’s senselessness motivates Matt even more to find out who her killer is, but he desperately short of clues and evidence.
Perrone once again pulls off not only combining first and third POVs, but present and past tenses. It works brilliantly. The chapters are clearly titled, so you are never in any doubt where you are or who you are `with.’ Matt’s private life is subtly intertwined with the task at hand (finding out who would murder such a harmless old lady and why) and is what enriches his character: he’s a thoroughly nice bloke.
There’s an interesting little diversion with Roscoe’s community matters: in this instance the opposition to wind farms. As with Twice Bitten by this author, all loose ends are neatly tied up. A thoroughly enjoyable book, and I’m a devoted Matt Davis fan.
Review by Linda Hawley: Broken Promises is just the kind of sleuthing that a reader wants in a good mystery. It’s written so well that you feel you are there, like a fly on the wall in the day of a detective.
If you like fly fishing, this story is right up your alley. It’s engaging, humorous, with a plot that keeps the reader wanting more. Broken Promises is fine novel indeed.