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
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
Roland March is one of those characters that grows on you. When first encountering him,...more
If he does not screw it up.
Since that fateful tragic day s...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
Frustrated but convinced that his murder investigation and the missing person case he is on, is somehow connected, he pushes harder than he should and makes no friends fast....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
I ended up finishing the book on kindle and it was a much better option. Roland March i...more
Roland March, on the verge of being cut loose from the Houston Police Department after suffering a personal tragedy that has affected his job performance, is given one last chance after he notices evidence of a missing female victim at a gang-related multiple-murder scene. March tries to connect the female victim with Hannah Mayhew, a teenager who performed outreach work for her church and who recently disappeared from a local mall; his superiors are unconvinced, but they agree to tr...more
There are a lot of issues at hand: mega crimes, murder, drug dealers, suicide, drinking, etc. It order for the case to be closed, there's a lot of "deals" that are made. One guy makes a deal with another guy to get inside information or make a certain process move a little faster. The good guys a...more
Roland’s wife Charlotte is a corporate attorney and you can tell from the beginning of the boo...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
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
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
I do remember feeling kind of hesitant about reading this book as it was labeled Christian Fiction...ho...more
Crime novels weren't my first love, but I'm developing more of an appreciation for them thank to the Top 100 Kindle Free which has some pretty decent crimes from time to time. And this one delivered in the end, though it may not be as "chall...more
I had a hard time liking the detective, Roland March. He causes of most of his own problems, and he keeps adding to them throughout the first half of the book. Once he focuses on the task at hand, the story improves.
I was able to guess the solutions to the myst...more
It was very well written, it was full of adventure.
I couldn't figure out who had killed or kidnapped the girls, until near the end.
It was sad and funny, if/when Mark writes more books I will definitely read them!
The author does a good job of revealing what is troubling Roland and his wife Charlotte. It is hinted, it is teased in the tale. And you get an idea of the horrible loss they must have suffered. You can see why Roland's work quality has suffered - and it isn't because of his job. It is almost totally separate, yet it is tied to this case, these cases.
You think that he may be angry with God, and has rejected Him. But that's not quite so. A positive side to this tale (IMHO) is that Ch...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