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Murder on the Mind (Jeff Resnick Mystery #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  7,863 Ratings  ·  626 Reviews

A mugging in Manhattan, leaves former insurance investigator Jeff Resnick with broken bones and a fractured skull -- and completely dependent on his rich estranged half brother Dr. Richard Alpert and his girlfriend Brenda Stanley. Visions of a hunt and and a hunter stalking his deer prey terrify Jeff. The doctors diagnose brain damage. Days later, a local banker is found d

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Published August 14th 2009 by Books in Motion (first published November 1st 2005)
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I received a free download of "Murder on the Mind" (Jeff Resnick Mystery, #1) by L.L. Bartlett through midlist. This was a very enjoyable mystery thriller with elements of the paranormal. This is also the first novel I have read by this author.

Jeffrey's luck was about to change, he had won some money at pool at a local pub in New York, and was about to start at a new job in the morning at a entry level claims position. But on his way home Jeff was mugged, and beaten to a pulp, where he lost cons
Jul 15, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We follow the adventures of Jeff, a man with family troubles, no wealth without a job who gets mugged on top of all this trouble. As a result of the mugging, he lands in the hospital and is offered to go to a quiet(er) state by his millionaire (surprise!) brother.

Jeff discovers that he has psychic "insights" into a murder and begins investigating it.

From the literary point of view, the book is weak. The family troubles of Jeff, as well as his romance and all the rest seemed undeveloped and bland
Cynthia Hamilton
Feb 25, 2017 Cynthia Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I enjoyed most about this compelling book was the premise of a man being brutally mugged and hospitalized, who afterwards discovers he now possesses a sixth sense. Though troubled by his visions and the physical sensations of violent acts and fearful emotions, he realizes he has the ability to bring murders to justice, thanks in part to his 14 years as an insurance investigator.

The book is well written and the pace moves along nicely. I will definitely check out the other books in the serie
Feb 15, 2013 Vastine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up through iBooks when I was trolling for free downloadable mysteries. I get these by the dozen but rarely get past through the first few pages before realizing that there was a very good reason they were free. And after a few hackneyed phrases early on I was about to zap this book back to internet oblivion. But something about the breezy style and the lead character kept me reading. As the writing evened out I found myself really enjoying the story and the Buffalo setting. I ended ...more
I thought this was a very enjoyable light mystery/thriller. Jeff Resnik, a 30-something laid-off insurance investigator, was due to start a new job when he was viciously mugged and left with a broken arm and brain trauma, the latter of which seems to have given him psychic abilities. Unable to start his new job and broke, he goes to live with his estranged and wealthy older brother. Plagued by visions of the recent murder of a bank executive he met as a boy, he and his skeptical but supportive b ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder On The Mind
L. L. Bartlett
Five Star Publishing, 2005, 225 pps.
ISBN 1-59414-358-7

“Coming out of the mist. An animal. A deer. A buck.” No, this vision doesn’t come to Jeffrey Resnick while tramping into the forest but pops into his mind while shooting pool in a New York City bar. But this is not the last vision that Jeff experiences and soon he will become haunted by these visions as well as various emotions he experiences during the visions.

Jeffrey Resnick is an insurance investigator and s
Dec 31, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of LL Barlett, aka Lorraine Bartlett, aka Lorna Barrett. She writes stories with very likable characters and a great deal of humor.

Jeff Resnick, the main character in this story was an unemployed insurance investigator until the fateful day on which he was mugged. Now, still unemployed and trying to recover from his injuries while staying with his filthy rich half brother he finds he has the ability to solve crimes through visions and feelings that come to him both unwanted and u
Pauline Ross
I don't know why it is that women are so good at writing murder mysteries, but here's another example. It's fast-paced, intriguing and entertaining, without bogging down in police procedures or getting so convoluted that you feel you ought to be drawing flowcharts or a timeline. I got the Kindle edition when it was free, but it's still cheap, as a lead-in to the normally priced rest of the series.

But I have to say this upfront: the author has been quite devious in designing her protagonist's set
Mar 27, 2011 Mare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Resnick is my favorite reluctant hero. He is mugged, badly beaten, on his way home one night and ends up moving to Buffalo with his successful half-brother. He he begins dreaming of violence and soon discovers that his dreams, and feelings, are in fact ability he doesn't want. Being the man that he is, Jeff uses his knowledge to investigate a brutal murder and works to solve the case before yet another murder occurs.

He is such a strong character who brings a such a wealth of em
A hot button trope for me: a psychic crime solver, but seldom does a book really satisfy that itch. This one didn't fully, but this story of Jeff Resnick's damage at the hands of muggers and just life did keep me reading until the end. The beginning is slow, and pacing remains a problem throughout, with extraneous detail belabored, and key facts just casually mentioned. (Hey, I don't usually have the patience to actually BE a detective; I like the author to produce an experience for me. :)) I fo ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Who is Jeff Resnick?? Why does he have psychic abilities?
Jeff Resnick is mugged in Manhattan and left with broken bones and a fractured skull. He is having visions of a hunt and hunter.
Seems the attack left Jeff with psychic abilities to see things like murder before they happen.
Jeff's half brother Richard brings him back to Buffalo to recuperate.
A compelling paranormal mystery you must read!!
Jun 14, 2015 Cathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathie by: Laura - POFM July '16
3.5 stars...maybe 4 ...

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Very rarely am I drawn to books that have a plot based on a protagonist experiencing the paranormal. In the case of MURDER ON THE MIND by L. L. Bartlett I made an exception to my "I don't read them" rule and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story of Jeff Resnick and his filthy rich half brother Richard. The brothers rediscover each other following a violent mugging that has left insurance investigator Jeff, unemployed, broke and virtually homeless but possessing an unnerving si ...more
Karen B.
Apr 30, 2016 Karen B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Murder on the Mind is the first of the Jeff Resnick mysteries and really got me hooked on reading more! Jeff is a down on his luck guy who gets mugged in New York City and is left not only with physical damage but a kind of psychic ability that makes him want to investigate the story behind the murder which he has seen in his mind's eye. Jeff's brother Richard, takes Jeff back to Buffalo with him and the two half brothers have to work on a "relationship". Jeff doesn't have all the answers. His v ...more
Bobbie O'keefe
Nov 25, 2012 Bobbie O'keefe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exceptionally good. A victim of a random mugging, Jeff Resnick suffers brain damage and to recuperate has to move to Buffalo NY to live with his much older half-brother. As he recovers, he and his brother have to work on establishing a relationship they'd never quite been able to grasp in the past.

Jeff comes across as real, as does his physical ailments and relapses. Emotionally, however, he's even more of a wreck as he experiences strong feelings of fear, terror, anger and vengeance. T
Jun 27, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this while away on a weekend trip. It was a great page-turner to relax with.
Jeff starts getting flashes of emotion and intuition as well as visions after he has suffered a serious head injury during a mugging. These inexplicable insights turn out to be about a murder. The story hooked me there and then I had the added pleasure of getting to know the characters who populate it. The sketch of each was concise and made me want to know more about them. I was intrigued by relationships in the
Adela Carmona
Aug 14, 2015 Adela Carmona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this book because it was free. It was well written, hardly any typos and most of all it was a very entertaining story line. I couldn't put the book down. Just started book #2 because I wanted more of Jeff Resnik.
Terry Ellena
I really liked the characters in this book they seemed like real people. I liked when he didn't feel comfortable at his brothers grandmothers house it seemed like a real thing.
Cheryl Cooper
Jul 11, 2015 Cheryl Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it

Really enjoyed this book. Will have to read more by this author. A good story about a man with a "gift" he really didn't want.
Oct 09, 2015 Esther rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay for a freebie, easy read and some good detail but overall average writing and not much mystery
Vincent DiPuma
Feb 17, 2014 Vincent DiPuma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done!!!

Well done!!!

This was the first time I read a book by Bartlett. The character Jeff and his situation kept the book more then interesting.
May 08, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this first book of the Jeff Resnick series. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

Merged review:

Good quick read...first of a series. I'll be reading the rest!
May 04, 2017 FangirlNation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Resnick, an out of work insurance investigator, walks home from a pub in New York the night before starting a new job when he gets mugged and beaten very badly in L.L. Bartlett's Murder on the Mind. Diagnosed with brain damage, Jeff finds himself moving to Buffalo with his older half-brother, Richard, a well-regarded medical researcher who has inherited over $50 million and taken an early retirement from his work in California. But soon he begins to notice changes in his emotional state and ...more
May 06, 2017 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacking something

Parts of this novel was suspenseful, exciting, and very enjoyable reading. But then, a portion of author ignorance overtook common sense. You go to a beautiful house of God but refuse to give him credit for anything. You have millions of dollars but you think giving it away is much more important than providing jobs for the community. However, good plots, varied characters and plenty of action makes this a good read. Enjoy.
May 10, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a mystery with a twist

This mystery brought me out of a realistic comfort zone and brought in the power of a human brain. It also had a touching story of a complicated relationship between brothers.
Sadie Mazzola

At first, I had a hard time getting into this book. Then it pulled like a rocket. Very different murder mystery. Physics, love etc.
Misty Duke
Dec 28, 2016 Misty Duke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

Fast and enjoyable read. Characters are likable and the psychic aspect was interesting and entertaining. Looking forward to book #2.
Feb 14, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this free kindle book. It was a bit graphic in places, but I would read more of the Jeff Resnick mysteries in the future.
Cyndi Borelli
Dec 23, 2016 Cyndi Borelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the characters, like the story line
There aren't a lot of books set in my home town of Buffalo, NY so I was terribly excited when the ladies The Cozy Chicks for bringing brought it to my attention. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I was hoping it wasn't going to portray Buffalo in a bad light. This is a touchy issue for me, as I'm a proud Buffalonian. We get enough bad press on our own (sports, economy, snow, etc.).

It was actually kind of strange reading about a fictional killer in my own town. There were fictional places j
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