Pattern of Wounds, Roland March Mystery Series #2   -     By: J. Mark Bertand
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Pattern of Wounds, Roland March Mystery Series #2

Bethany House / 2011 / Paperback

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For Detective Roland March, his latest case has become personal. March doesn't know the young female who was stabbed to death, but he thinks he recognizes the crime scene. Nearly ten years ago, March gained national fame as the subject of a true-crime book. But now this crime scene bears eerie similarities to that one. And whispers begin to emerge that March may have put the wrong man behind bars.

Worse, Houston may now have a serial killer on the loose. As more cases emerge that seem connected, and threats against March and those closest to him build, he must solve the case--rescuing not only the city but his own reputation as a homicide cop.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764206389
ISBN-13: 9780764206382
Availability: In Stock
Series: Roland March Mystery

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Publisher's Description

For Detective Roland March, his latest case has become personal. March doesn't know the young female who was stabbed to death, but he thinks he recognizes the crime scene. Nearly ten years ago, March gained national fame as the subject of a true-crime book. But now this crime scene bears eerie similarities to that one. And whispers begin to emerge that March may have put the wrong man behind bars.

Worse, Houston may now have a serial killer on the loose. As more cases emerge that seem connected, and threats against March and those closest to him build, he must solve the case--rescuing not only the city but his own reputation as a homicide cop.

Author Bio

J. Mark Bertrand is the author of the crime novel BACK ON MURDER (Bethany House, 2010), the first in a series featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and now lives in South Dakota with his wife Laurie.

Publisher's Weekly

Det. Roland March returns in this gritty and chilling mystery. A woman is conspicuously killed in a Houston suburb and the killer's "creativity" brings back memories for March. Ten years before, a bestselling book detailed a murder he worked on that is all too similar to the circumstances surrounding this woman's gruesome death. Is it merely a coincidence or is a copy cat on the loose? As the bodies begin to pile up, March even begins to wonder if he put the wrong guy away a decade ago. Bertrand (Back on Murder) gives readers wise-cracking detectives, creepy homicide particulars, and clever clues; however, the book often reads more like a television script than a novel. Die-hard detective story fans will most likely recognize and appreciate the book's familiar plot-driven style. Christian readers in particular may enjoy the religious elements that Bertrand shrewdly sprinkles throughout the book. (July)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 11, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The second book in the Roland March series, was a decent read. It began slowly, but picked up within the first fourth of the book.

    It was a good mystery with a great deal of suspense. I can't find any fault with either the characters or the plot. But as I'm seeing with a lot of male writers in the christian fiction arena, I don't find a lot of God, Jesus or salvation. This trend bothers me, because these books are being sold under the "christian fiction" umbrella.
  2. Glenda Fowlow
    Age: 35-44
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Unusual Pacing with Twists that Tighten the Plot
    June 23, 2012
    Glenda Fowlow
    Age: 35-44
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Pattern of Wounds is the second book in a series and I haven't read the first book yet. I have read Beguiled which Bertrand wrote with Deeanne Gist.

    The beginning of the book was so slow and seemed to be a mish mash of history and unrelated current events that I was tempted to put this mystery down. However, I kept reading in order to solve the crime and was rewarded with a subtle, smooth, and suave read.

    Two thirds through the book the pacing picked up and I was thoroughly enjoying the ride. What I appreciated most was the fine sense of balance between solving the mystery and journeying with Roland March as he learned more about himself. There were some great moments of insight and acceptance that were poignant for me, especially his last hospital visit.

    Bertrand is becoming adept at lightly touching the heart of the matter while solving practical concerns. Well done and I look forward to reading the next in this series.
  3. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Return of Roland March
    October 15, 2011
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    The return of Roland March is finally here! And it was worth the wait. This book is an excellent blend of fresh murders, a past case of Roland's and a serial killer. Roland March is smack dab in the middle of politics, mayhem, lies and betrayal and everyone is out for themselves. All Roland wants is to solve his case, keep his past case complete (and that murderer behind bars) and keep his nose clean (or not). But then his family is threatened and he starts to wonder if maybe the cases from past years are really related after all. Lots of twists and turns in this murder mystery and I followed right along - no huge surprises for me but the way it was all worked out I enjoyed the whole thing. I am so pleased that this won't be the last we see of Roland March, he is so not perfect and that is exactly why I love him!
  4. Nicole
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Worth it to read through
    October 5, 2011
    Nicole
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Pattern of Wounds is a murder mystery novel featuring Roland March as the cantankerous, focused, tough guy homicide detective. Pattern of Wounds was written by J. Mark Bertrand. The novel follows March as he tries to solve a murder of a young woman, figure out if the crime is one of a serial killer, deal with his own past, and face an unraveling conviction.

    I thought the novel moved slowly through the first half. Perhaps I am too used to crimes being solved in the 1 hour time frame on Law and Order: SVU! Halfway through though, my attention was grabbed and I couldn't put the book down. This was the first book in the Roland March series that I read, and although it is not necessary to read the first book in the series, it is probably helpful to. At some points I did feel a little lost because I didn't know the complete back story for the other story lines that were included in Pattern of Wounds. And speaking of other story lines, I felt there were too many in the book! And looking back, those were the parts in the novel that I seemed to drag through. Those parts were probably super important for those who have read the first Roland March book in the series and wanted closure. However, I would have been content just reading the parts relating to the main crime-the murder of the woman, with perhaps one side story thrown in.

    If given the opportunity, I would pick up the first book in the Roland March series. If the series continues I would probably pick up those books as well.

    **I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
  5. HollyMag
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 2, 2011
    HollyMag
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I generally enjoy murder mysteries. This one had what I look for, the dead body in the first view pages. I struggled at the beginning of the story with the main character, Roland March. Of course, I have a feeling Detective March is exactly where the author wanted him. A passionate cop, with ethics that are a little off the straight and narrow.

    Regardless of my initial feeling toward the detective I ended up enjoying this story. March is passionate cop he works tirelessly to find the bad guy and see justice served.

    This is book two of the Roland March series and although I didn't read book one, but I didn't feel lost in the story. The author gives you enough history to understand there have been previous relationships between several of the main characters, yet there's enough questions in your mind to want to go back and read book one.

    This is a well written book, with good detail that engaged me. I did struggle with many of the actions of the main character, but I think the author was very intentional in his writing. Great story!

    I received this book from the publisher, but my opinions are just that my opinions.
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