Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery #1)
A missing girl.
A corrupt investigation.
They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:
Roland March is BACK ON MURDER
Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details...until an unexpected break gives March one last chance...more
Things I Liked:
1. Even though I felt the book was gritty and realistic, it was something I could read at night before going to bed and not have to worry about bad dreams. I think it's a good balance between realistic and yet not disturbing.
2. I felt like J. Mark Bertrand has wonderful insight into human nature and I loved the body language and emotions and the thoughts March wo...more
If he does not screw it up.
Since that fateful tragic day s...more
Roland March is one of those characters that grows on you. When first encountering him,...more
Also, I found the characters hard to like. The main character wasn't someone I could find myself rooting for. He was just...blah. The mother of the missing girl didn't behave like a bereaved mother. The youth pastor was creepy. The missing person's detective was pretentious. Half the cops were dirt...more
Though it was less than 400 pages, it seemed like a looooong book. I kept checking the chapter menu to see how far along I way and how far I still had to go.
I found that there were so many characters in this book, especially the number of cops, that I couldn't keep them all straight.
Something happened in March's past that haunts him but you don't find out what it is until about midway. Given what...more
Roland March is a homicide detective who, several years ago, was at the top of his game and very well-respected among his peers. But over the years his skills diminished and he seemed to do 'just e...more
Roland March, treated as an invisible by the rest of the homicide squad, discovers a key piece of evidence, that someone, presumably a woman, had been tied to the bed where Octavio Morales had been shot.. He’s anathema to the rest of the department for reasons unknown but having to do with a personal tragedy in his life, and he has been assigned to the “Car Squad” which tricks persons with outstanding warrants into thinking they might have won a car so they...more
Author: J. Mark Bertrand
Publisher: Bethany House
Objective justice is impossible to arrive at, given the circumstances. You know, the sin nature all of humanity inherits from Adam. That doesn’t stop Detective Roland March from striving for the impossible. While battling internal demons, dueling with matrimonial conflicts, and struggling to survive professional suicide (not to mention homicide), March displays moments of s...more
Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand is the first book in the Roland March series. March, a Houston police officer has fallen from grace within the department. After being featured as a hero in a true crime book, he lost his focus and desire for the job and was bumped down from Homicide to being farmed out to other units, a position of deep humiliation for him. Even his marriage to beautiful lawyer Charlotte is suffering. When he stumbles upon a piece of evidence at a violent gang slaying, he's gi...more
Roland’s wife Charlotte is a corporate attorney and you can tell from the beginning of the boo...more
Roland March is a used-up cop. He's been taken off the serious stuff and placed on the secondary cases. When a teenager goes missing, he's moved to the missing-persons department. When there's a suicide of a fellow cop, he's moved to t...more
The most notable fact is that if you didn't have an insider information, you would never know that this was a Christian novel or that Mark Bertrand is a Ch...more
J. Mark Bertrand’s publishing career, however, is starting off with a bang. His first two novels will hit the book shelves this year. In July, Bethany House is set to release J. Mark Bertrand’s novel, Back On Murder, a gritty crime story unfolding...more
1. Technical: This is the kind of book the Kindle was made for. The built in dictionary allowed me to quickly understand terms such as cocobolo and the note/bookmark feature allowed me to note/review my speculations on plots and twists.
2. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and its characters. Oddly enough, I was drawn to the folks that surround him more than I was to the main character Roland March. Which shows author Bertrand's skill in creating him. Detective March seems to be a real person (a...more
On a pesky side note - I find the complete absence of realistic dialogue (read profanity) disingenuous in a crime/police novel. It's actually distracting.
Although the pace of the story, as well as the backstory of the main characters, proceeds at a pace that many would consider glacial, I found it a welcome change of pace compared to many writers that reveal all in the openin chapters. Written in a first person voice, the reader gets an ins...more
Yes, it took me a while to get through this one. And that is mainly because, while I liked the amount of descriptive information the author was pouring into the storyline, I honestl...more
It is a very interesting book and it keeps me turning pages. I am a very picky person and prefer facts to fiction books so if a story or book keeps me interested, that's real good. I had to find out what...more