Pattern of Wounds, Roland March Mystery Series #2
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.
October 11, 2012
Unusual Pacing with Twists that Tighten the Plot
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.
June 23, 2012
The Return of Roland March
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!
October 15, 2011
Worth it to read through
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.**
October 5, 2011