Thursday, March 5, 2015
What The Fly Saw by Frankie Y. Bailey (thoughts)
"The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow. A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak had no known enemies. His family and friends say he had been depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his death? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. The minister of the megachurch, the psychiatrist who provides counseling to church members, or the folksy Southern medium who irritates both men—one of these people may know why Novak was murdered. Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies and evasions to find the person who killed their “Cock Robin,” But McCabe is distracted by a political controversy involving her family, unanswered questions from another high-profile case, and her own guilt when a young woman dies after McCabe fails to act."
I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons! It was a great way to find a new mystery series that I will definitely be reading more of. This was such an interesting mystery thanks to the unique futuristic world that it is set in. In this book we meet detectives Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter who are assigned to investigate the murder of the dead funeral director. They soon begin to realize that this isn't going to be an easily solved case as the victim seems to be well liked by all that knew him. This scenario instantly had me intrigued. For one, I loved how the author used a winter storm to add to the creepy feel that came with the victim's murder in his own funeral home. The storm gave a sense of isolation and really got the book off to a great start for me. Then add multiple suspects and no clear motive for murder and I was truly hooked. The added bonus for me was all of the little details that the author gave that brought to life this futuristic world that the author has created. I really felt like this is one of the more unique mysteries that I have ever read!
My one and only complaint was that I feel like I missed out a bit on some back story thanks to starting on the second book in the series. That's my own fault as the reader. The author did a really great job of sharing details to catch the me up but there is an ongoing mystery that started at the first book and it looks like will play a role in the next one as well. This just ensures that I am definitely going to be reading book one sooner rather than later. Other readers might want to start at the beginning though which is why I mentioned it.
Overall, this was such a great read thanks to the world building and the mystery itself. I loved that I didn't figure out who the killer was until the end. I really like the way the author ended this book with questions left that made me wishing that I had my hands on the next book. Aack! I hate waiting but I am really excited about this series. At least I have the first book to help lessen the wait. This is definitely a mystery series to check out. Easily recommended!!
Bottom Line: A unique futuristic setting made this mystery a instant win for me!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of Partners in Crime book tour thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own.