Murder on the Lake of Fire – Book review

lakeoffireTitle: Murder on the Lake of Fire (Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Author: Mikel J. Wilson
Original Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Synopsis (provided by Acorn Publishing):
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.

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Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.

Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.

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I’m not sure I would have picked this book out while browsing a store. Don’t get me wrong, the cover is intriguing and honestly, quite eye catching, but Murder on the Lake of Fire just didn’t seem to be my cup of tea upon first glance. I didn’t think it was super realistic for a 23 year old to already be a renowned special agent, that stuff takes YEARS. But I reminded my true crime buff-self that this is a work of fiction so chill out and I’m glad I did that. The story was quite enjoyable with twists and turns that fans of mystery and suspense will definitely love.

Another thing I completely fell for was the romance. It was not at the center of the story but played out just enough that made me want more. It was a pleasure to see same sex sexual tension play out in a murder mystery. In a world full of judgement, it was a breath of fresh air. The book also touched on the societal “stigmas” that closeted homosexuals feel but did not shove it down my throat which could deter some readers (but definitely not me because, come on).

I’m really glad that I got over my initial judgements of this book and I’m glad I started venturing out of my book comfort zone. I will gladly continue this series because ya’ girl needs to know where this goes!

Starkiller Rating: ★★★.5✫✫


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