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Third Person Singular: A Mars Bahr Mystery

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Set against the black backdrop of a ruthless Minnesota winter, KJ Erickson's debut novel is bursting with masterfully plotted suspense and intricately rendered characters.

Prickly but gifted Minneapolis Special Detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr is a man whose devotion to his eight-year-old son is eclipsed only by his love of the hunt. Mars hasn't won any popularity contests am
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2001)
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Minneapolis police dective Marshall ("Mars") Bahr takes on a case of a teenager found murdered and abandoned. What put her down was an artful puncture wound to her aorta. And that was just the start of the mystery. This is a new authort (new to me anyway) and she is a master at creating characters that I want to go meet for lunch. I even like Mars' kid and I never like the kids. She has two other Mars books already finished. I love it when that happens.
One of the best debut novels I've read!

Third Person Singular is an outstanding first novel and an engrossing mystery. I highly recommend it.

Brief overview:
A smart, talented, beautiful teenager from a wealthy suburban family turns up dead in a scuzzy part of Minneapolis. Special Detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr (yep, pun is definitely intended) catches the case. Bahr has the sort of 'roving inspector' assignment that makes for great tv and murder mysteries but probably doesn't exist in real police
A good police-procedural whodunnit. While I wasn't altogether thrilled with the solution to the crime(s), once revealed I rather liked the pursuit of the killer. Some interesting characters not typical of the genre. The setting was a nice change of pace. An entertaining, easy-flowing read.

Best moment: when you discover the reason for the title of the book.

I'd read another one. Three and a half stars.

(UCBC rating 3.5)
Themes: crime, father-son relationship, police work, relationships
Setting: Minnesota, present day

Special Detective Marshall Bahr of the Minneapolis police force is assigned to a new case. A pretty blond cheerleader type is found dead in a nasty part of town. Her family have no idea how or why she got down there. Bahr and his partner Nettie dive into all the secrets of the victim Mary Pat Fitzgerald and finds plenty of dirt to go around; however, none of it seems to lead to a suspect. Just when t
Third Person Singular - G+
K.J. Erickson
Detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr, known to co-workers as "Candy Man" (but not because of his name), reports directly to the Minneapolis police chief, especially when a young woman of impeccable background is murdered near the newly renovated waterfront. Suspicion falls first on her supposedly out-of-state boyfriend, then on an unknown "pick-up," and finally on a serial killer. Despite media pressure, Mars and partner Nellie ultimately prevail in this talented
Dave Dalbey
Enjoyed the first in the series especially being based here in the Twin Cities. Good story telling and character development of Mars Bahr.
This is the first book in a series featuring Mars Bahr, lead homicide detective in Minneapolis. I REALLY liked this book. Well written, kept the suspense until the end, likable characters. I will definitely read more!
Lost a point because of all the slams about the Edina PD (especially its chief). I know it's fiction, but it left a bad taste. People who know me will know why I found this offensive.
Based in the twin cities a Mpls detective eventually solves the murder of an Edina homecoming queen within the city.
Deb Mj
Interesting enough, I suppose, but I won't make a point of looking for any other books by the author.
I like it but didn't know if I could read books with a detective named Mars Bahr....
May 06, 2014 April marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
I got to chapter 6 and just wasn't feeling it.
Minnesota author - takes place in mpls
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