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Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Seventh Street Books (first published November 1st 2017)
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Carol (Bookaria)
This is a mystery filled with literary references.

Joe "Preach" Everson is a homicide cop that has returned to work and live in his hometown. As soon as he moves back the owner of a bookstore is found dead. The town of Creekville is shocked by these news as there hasn't been a murder in this town in the past 10 years.

Joe starts investigating the murder with the help of a law-student name Ari. He needs Ari's help because she works at the bookstore that the victim owned and can provide some
Whispering Stories
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I cannot believe it is already November! My wedding has come and gone and the holidays are fast approaching. November also means time for a new set of #cjsreads picks. Enter, Written in Blood by Layton Green. A crime thriller, which draws from literary references to build the plot? Yes please!

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson is coming back to his hometown (after a mental breakdown) having spent years in Atlanta as a big time homicide detective. Creekville, North Carolina is a small bohemian
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

After a horrific ordeal, a prison chaplain becomes a small town cop, back in the college town where he was born.

A local bookstore owner is killed in the same way as a character in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. The cop investigates, falls for the local book store manager/law student, and runs into other literary themed crimes.

Pretty good. Shows the underbelly of a college town.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
What is it about flawed detectives that speaks to my soul? There is something about damaged protagonists with complex and dark pasts that always gets under my skin and Preach wiggled his way into my cold, black heart. Oftentimes a brooding, handsome, complicated cop is a total cliche but for some reason, it didn’t feel that way here. I immediately connected with Preach and was dying to know more about his motivations, his history and what made him the person he is today. Throw in a clever killer ...more
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Written in Blood uses literary murders as its main thing, which makes it an interesting read. I did find it got a bit heavy and unnecessary with details in the middle, but it was still a good book. There is plenty there to keep the reader interested, but it can be hard to see the wood from the trees at times as the author throws in a few extra things.

Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in exchange for an honest review. See more book reviews on my blog, the eccentric trilogy.

The detective protagonist, Joe ‘Preach’ Everson, is investigating the murder of a bookstore owner who was killed in a way that had remarkable parallels to that of the murder in the classic novel Crime and Punishment. As the novel progresses, more murders with links to literary classics take place, and Preach frets that, in the crucial moment, he’ll repeat an error he made earlier in his
Meera Nair
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written in Bloodby Layton Green follows Detective Preach, as he attempts to wade through the murders cropping up in Creekville, North Carolina. The town, that was his home, beheld a devastating change after his departure. And now that he's back, carrying his own nightmares of a time in Atlanta, he is forced to wonder what exactly went down during his absence. The serial killer is vengeful and won't stop until he/she has recreated the murders that took place in the writings of Poe, Dostoevsky ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional murder mystery

"Being a preacher is harder on the mind...Being a cop is harder on the soul."

Detective Joe "Preach" Everson is a complicated man. He grew up in Creekville, North Carolina. When a tragedy struck in his early years, he turned to God and became a preacher and then a prison chaplain. After suffering a couple of breakdowns, he became a homicide detective in Atlanta and finally ended back up in Creekville as a police detective.

When a series of murders based on novels start
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Joe (Preach) Everson has led a tumultuous life. As a teenager in Creekville, North Carolina, he was a champion wrestler, troublemaker, and ladies' man who had his pick of girlfriends. Sadly, a tragic loss precipitated an emotional breakdown and, instead of giving himself a chance to heal, he fled. Subsequently, he attended Bible college, and spent time as a prison chaplain. After giving up his work as a clergyman, he joined the Atlanta police force, but another harrowing experience cost him his ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - on and off over 4 days

Publisher - Seventh Street Books

Pages - 320

Source - Review copy, author

Blurb from Goodreads

Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach
Sue Em
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Preach Everson returned to be a cop in his hometown of Creekville, NC --a liberal hipster enclave near Chapel Hill -- after working murders in Atlanta and a subsequent stint as a prison chaplain. Shortly after his return, a bookstore owner's murder copies a literary murder. After the second murder copies a different literary crime, he suspects there is more to the crimes than is apparent. Lots of twists and layers to the story. Preach is an interesting protagonist and I look forward to reading ...more
April Rohrer
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I like Layton Green’s books a lot. I liked the premise of this one, but didn’t love it as much as I love the Dominic Grey series. Interesting story line and I like Preach, but this book doesn’t have the same punch as the others to me. Still liked it!
Al Stoess
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one in particular.
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Delores Alger
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get interested in this book and did not get past the first chapter.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A cop seeking a life of relative peace by taking a job in his former hometown in North Carolina finds horror when a gruesome murder teases the arrival of a serial killer in author Layton Green’s “Written in Blood”. Here is the synopsis.

The Synopsis

Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre: Police procedural
Rating: Enjoyed and recommend it

Joe "Preach" Everson is back in his hometown of Creeksville, NC as a detective on the town's police force. His return coincides with the town's first murder in ten years. If the murder of local bookstore owner Farley Robinson in the hipsterfied community wasn't shocking enough, it was staged to resemble Raskolnikov's murder of the pawnbroker in Crime and Punishment.

As the only detective with homicide experience, Joe gets the case. Assisting
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written in Blood is a meticulously crafted perfectly paced crime thriller. The author’s ability to create lifelike characters and authentic crime scenes brought this story alive for me. Once I started reading this book, I was hooked, engrossed and addicted. Written In Blood is brilliant!

Murders were adding up in Creekville, North Carolina. The killer was recreating brutal murder scenes, from books, written by Dostoevsky, Poe and Agatha Christie. But why? Creekville was just a small town where
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of Written in Blood in exchange for my honest review.

A small town in North Carolina has its first murder in more than a decade. The owner of the local bookstore has been found murdered in his home. Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, recently returned to his hometown, sets out to solve the case. However, things quickly escalate into serial killings, all with one thing in common: each crime scene replicates a famous murder scene in a
M. Anderson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride! Worth every minute I spent reading it!

When I read a book, I am looking to feel involved, can’t put the book down and then realizing I am closing in on the end, I take frequent breaks to avoid finishing my ride.

I loved this book. Some of the characters I liked right away and some with time, morphed to appealing. Their were many variations of good and bad and all points in between. Characters were real and I felt as if I could predict their behavior and assumed I knew where the story
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars, close to a 4 but I didn't like the ending that much however, everything up to that point was really well done. The writing is very well done and the book flows rather nicely.

This is the story of Joe "Preach" Everson. He was a big deal Atlanta police detective until one case drove him over the edge. He heads home to Creekville, North Carolina for a nice and easy job as a detective where nothing ever happens. However, the murder of the local bookstore owner, Farley
Shelly Reynolds
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
"He was here for the potential victims. For Ari. For the people living in fear in the town of Creekville. He ran away once before, from this town and from himself. He wasn't doing it again. Not while he still had a choice."

This was my first read of Layton Green, and I'm already planning my trip back to the little bookstore in town to grab another one! What a great thriller!! I never saw the end coming!! And the literary tie-in is brilliant!!

Joe "Preach" Everson has just returned to his hometown
Boundless Book Reviews
Detective Joe "Preach" Everson is home after years of being away working and suffering mental issues. Now he's back on the case in his small town of Greenville, North Carolina when a local bookshop owner is killed in the manner portrayed in a famous book. With the help of a young law student and his new partner, they search for the killer.

This book was really good. It was intriguing, mysterious, and full of danger and drama. The characters are all very real with real problems and they are easy
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Detective Joe Everton acquired the moniker “Preach” as he was formerly a prison chaplain. Prior to that he was one of the finest detectives Atlanta ever had, but a particularly horrific case of crime against children caused him a mental breakdown and a 10-yr hiatus from the job. Now he’s taken a homicide detectives job in No. Carolina and his first case is the murder of a local bookstore owner. The victim was murdered in a way of replicating a crime described in an old classic “Crime & ...more
William Bentrim
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written in Blood by Layton Green

I’m sitting here sipping Eagle Rare neat an musing over how I just reviewed a fantasy by Layton Green, a five part series which is currently on volume 3. I am really enjoying that and now I find that Green writes a darn good detective story as well. A detective finds himself returning to his hometown with his metaphoric tail between his legs. A big deal homicide detective, he found himself doubting his abilities and returned to a perceived bucolic refuge. Then the
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book for review by Mr. Green and I think that this is my favorite Layton Green work so far. While I really enjoy the Dominic Grey novels, I generally prefer this genre of mystery. A little bit of Agatha Christie meets Stieg Larsson meets James Lee Burke. Dark and elegant - well written, fast paced, tight plot, and most of all, I loved the characters.

Detective Joe "Preach" Everson is my favorite Green lead character to date. Green makes it very easy to empathize
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A detective with a mental breakdown in his past solves a series of murders staged to look like scenes from famous works of literature. On the plus side, the main character is well developed and very complex, and some of the other characters are really well drawn as well. The mystery is not easy to solve, and the intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat. On the negative side, the book contained just a bit more violence and cruelty than my usual comfort zone. And near the end, red herrings seemed ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was tons of fun to read. As with other Layton Green novels, it moves at a fast, but well paced clip through the chain of events, leaving you in its suspenseful clutches and often breathless as you page through to find out "whodunit". I love Preach and Ari's vibe and the sense of place created in this novel. Being a former student of English Literature, I must admit that a plot that weaves literary classics into its dark web is hard to resist. If you like mysteries and you like a varied ...more
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

What a fabulous premise - a series of murders take place in a small town, each with clues that tie them to classic literature. Based on the description, I was expecting a cozy mystery, but this is a much grittier, and fairly graphic, police procedural. I'm not sure that Preach's tortured soul was entirely fleshed out in the way the book was aiming for, but overall this was a satisfying mystery with some good red herrings. I didn't expect the
Barbara Nutting
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Easy to put down - hard to pick back up!! But I did because the cover blurb said it had a great ending, and it did, that’s why I moved it from 2 stars to 3. Otherwise it could have been 100 pages shorter without all the repetition. It dragged on forever. Kirby was a naive moron and Preach wasn’t much better. I can’t believe this author has another successful series, his writing left me cold - no mas!!
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Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the upcoming Genesis Trilogy, the Dominic Grey series, the Blackwood Saga, and other works of fiction. Layton's work has been nominated for multiple awards (including a two-time finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and has reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and ...more
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