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    Action-Packed Police Procedural, Murder, Intrique,

    Layton Green created a police procedural which will knock your socks off. With characters which are full-bodied, believable, and well-developed, Layton Green packed this book with a whirlwind of action, people, and relationships. I found the premise intriguing, and the action nonstop as Green led me through this investigation. Green created the typical small town which could be located anywhere in America. Under the small town facade, the reader finds greed, corruption, crime, deviance, and murder. To all appearances, Creedville is the perfect community until you dig under the surface and the scum floats to the top. Detective Joe "Preach" Everson's character will fascinate the reader. From preacher to prison chaplain to detective, Joe "Preach" Everson's life has been one of turmoil and pain; he thought he had seen the worse man could offer. Hoping to recoup and restore in Creekville, Preach finds himself in the middle of multi-faceted murders. He's a man torn by guilt, mental breakdowns, and the need to protect, serve, and provide justice; with his mental stability in question, he's ordered to see a therapist. His therapist of choice is his Aunt Jane. She takes his case with a caveat; he will be referred to someone else if she finds he has a problem. Using famous literary novels as the theme for the murders, the killer is elusive and smart. In a town full of criminal elements, Preach has a multitude of suspects. Layton included multi-plot lines, twists, and turns, and family dynamics into this highly suspenseful crime drama. He skillfully wove all the plot threads together, while keeping the suspense and mystery at a high peak. The action begins on the first page and continues throughout the story as Preach and his partner delve into the underbelly of Creekville. They find more than they bargained for as they dig into human lives and political arenas. Layton included a twist in Preach's partner; a man who is smart, greedy for success, and notoriety. Including a romance element into the story added depth to this power-packed drama. Not only is she a romantic interest, but she also helps interpret the scenes literary connections. With an ending which left me gasping, I could not believe the identity of the killer. Layton writing's vividly descriptive and flows smoothly from scene to scene. His characters are well-developed and his storyline's fresh and original. Written In Blood is one of the best crime dramas I have read in some time. As a result, I suggest you get ready for a long day and night of reading as you delve into the town of Creekville. I received a copy of this book from the author & chose to review.
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    This is going to be a series to follow

    I wasn’t sure how I was going to get on with this book, based on my experience of the first few chapters, but after the first murder takes place it starts to come into its own. Preach is a priest turned police detective, lead investigator on a series of literary themed murders. This book trod a very fine line between entertainment and cliché but Green managed to sidestep all the cringey clichés in my opinion – Preach is a sensitive and thoughtful main character and his religious past has made him philosophical rather than seeing the world in black and white. The murders themselves are inspired by classic crime novels, giving them a respectful nod in their mentions. Their relevance doesn’t become clear until the very end and the mystery itself isn’t one that can be easily guessed. There are multiple layers to this book beyond the murder investigation as you’re introduced to the residents of the town, which sets it apart from other books in the genre. It’s always fun to read a book about books and authors, it’s necessarily gimmicky but fun nonetheless! This has a start-of-series feel to it, with the introduction of a romance and some relationships which weren’t fully developed in this book. I’m not sure how many strongly themed murders you can fit into a series but I’m prepared to find out! Normally, a strong theme in a murder mystery novel makes it a little bit fluffier, but this book contained some pretty dark and graphic themes about the dark side of humanity and the awful things we do to each other, it’s not for the faint of heart. The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Preach, his rookie partner, Kirby, and the young bookshop assistant, Ari. The characters are well written and easy to relate to, and offer different views on the case as it unfolds. This is going to be a series to follow if you like crime thrillers that consider the good and bad sides of humanity.

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