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(Brick Kavanagh #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Cherry blossom season is Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful time of the year. But as tourists flock to the city, this year’s festivities are marred by the discovery of the naked body of a young woman floating in the Tidal Basin.

Veteran homicide detective Brian (Brick) Kavanagh is assigned to the case. He’s shocked when he learns the victim is connected to another homicide
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Oceanview Publishing
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Sep 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Always eager to to try new books and authors, I gladly accepted an ARC of Shawn Wilson’s latest novel. In order to get the full context, I chose to begin with the first in the series, which brings me to this review. Wilson provides the reader with a strong police procedural, adding depth and character development throughout, as she illustrates the struggles her protagonist has while working as a DC Homicide detective. Full of wonderful storytelling and some painful revelations, Shawn Wilson is o ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Actually, this isn't a bad effort overall - certainly for a debut novel. At the same time, I have to say that compared with top-rated police series writers like Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delaware) or Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch), this one reads more like Dick and Jane.

In part that's because I just can't relate to a guy knicknamed "Brick" - even if (or maybe because) it comes as a result of his red hair. Beyond that, I'll compare it to old commercial for pasta sauce that proclaimed, "It's in the
Linda Strong

Homicide Detective Brick Kavanagh and his partner, Detective Ron Hayes are assigned to investigate when a young woman is found floating in the Tidal Basin. Although no ID is found, Brick learns the victim was connected to another homicide. The case becomes very personal.

Ultimately a person of interest is arrested, but Brick is convinced that they have the wrong person. His attempts to find the real culprit is hampered by departmental policies and a rush to judgment by a senior officer not that i
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for a review copy of Relentless, the first novel to feature Washington Metro PD detective Brian “Brick” Kavanagh.

When the body of a young woman is found floating in the Tidal Basin Brick and his partner, Ron Hayes, are assigned the case. The discovery of a second body links the cases together and suddenly Brick is involved in a task force, but not for long as a quick arrest seems to resolve the case although he’s not so sure.

I enjoyed Rele
Oct 16, 2022 rated it liked it
I like this mystery. Brick (Brian) is a tenacious detective. The opening scenes describe him as being willing to scale a fence and commandeer a paddle boat to get a good look at a body dumped in the Tidal Basin. He is relentless at trying to solve the murders. Police department politics is not for him though, especially when naming a culprit is more important than making sure he is the guilty person.

Wilson has given us a god deal of relationship issues among the characters along with the investi
I think I just really like crime fiction because no matter how far I stray into other genres, I always find my way back home. Relentless was fascinating from start to finish. I loved Brick's character, who he was as a cop and as a person. He didn't have "issues" like so many other cop stories insist that their characters have and that was such a welcome relief. The story itself was realistic, interesting and had a shocking and, somewhat, sad ending, one I never for a moment saw coming. I highly ...more
Charlotte Pawson
Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Homicide Detective Brick Kavanagh finds the body of a young women in the Tidal Basin. He wasn’t to know this event would change his life and career. When he finds the body of the barman from his local you would not believe they were related. This thriller has it all, department politics, hostage negotiations and a man going it along to bring justice for two people who had no one. This is a fast paced story that really keeps you on the edge of your seat for the final twist.
Caitlyn Lynch
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, crime, mystery
When homicide detective Brian “Brick” Kavanagh is assigned to the case of a young woman found floating in the Tidal Pool in Washington, D.C., the last thing he expects is a second murder to suddenly create an immediate and personal tie between himself and the victim. Hamstrung by a senior officer more interested in optics than actually solving crimes, Brick isn’t about to let this one slip through the cracks.

The premise was interesting, and with victims from Guatemala and ICE agents getting invo
Scott Parsons
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel by Shawn Wilson features homicide detective Brick Kavanagh who has been in the business for quite a while. He is called to the scene of the body of a young woman floating in the tidal basin of Washington as the cherry blossoms bloom. While he and his partner puzzle out who killed her, Brick learns that a young immigrant named Jose who works part-time at a bar that Brick frequents has turn't up for several days. He decides to help his friend the bar owner by trying to locate Jose ...more
Nov 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
In Relentless, book one of the Brick Kavanagh Mystery Series, author Shawn Wilson transports the reader to Washington D.C., for an intriguing mystery story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.

Homicide Detective Brian "Brick" Kavanagh and partner Ron Hayes investigate a woman's naked body found floating in the Tidal Basin. What looks like a classic murder case is anything but that when Brick discovers that the young woman is connected to another homicide case that is personal
Wendell H Howell
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Good Read Late

In my opinion this author is not like Michael Connelly, just my opinion.
Loose in the beginning but much better later.

Jan 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
At page 50 I almost stopped, wasn't into it, but I'm glad I kept reading. After page 50 or so it improved and I wound up really enjoying this book. ...more
This book lacks many of the elements you would expect in a murder mystery. There is no trail of clues or foreshadowing to assist the reader in trying to solve the crime. There is one red herring late in the story. There were two insertions that represented the killer's actions and thoughts, but they seemed so disconnected. The murderer is revealed near the end but I couldn't even remember his role in the story and it just seemed like the author pulled him out of thin air. I did not like the endi ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Sep 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
This debut novel (2019) by author Shawn Wilson impresses. She introduces us to her protagonist, homicide detective Brick Kavanaugh and his sidekick Ron working out of metro Washington DC precinct. They respond to a call of a female body floating in the Tidal Basin and they are first on the scene. Not long after they respond to another call of another bloody homicide in an apartment. When they arrive, Brick realizes he knew this victim. He is passionate about justice and his ire is up. Little did ...more
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a murder/mystery novel, which is also something of a whodunnit.

The main character, with the colourful.nickname Brick, is called upon to examine and investigate a floater in the nearby docks. The floater appears to be the body of a young girl. The mystery deepens when her boyfriend is traced, for he too has been murdered - this time in his flat. Yet he was known in life to have been an upstanding young citizen with everything to live for: whatever could have been the motive for this coup
Hunter Delametter
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The first chapters of this book made me want to put it down and never see it again. The writing was the problem. Everything the characters said made me roll my eyes.
I don't know if things got better or I got use to it but after those first chapters, I started liking the book, but not loving it. The characters were meh. So was the plot. It felt familiar all the way through. Certainly not adding anything to the plethora of these types of books but enjoyable enough.
The reason I've taken two stars o
Shirley Miller Kamada
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shawn Wilson’s book, “Relentless,” belongs, perhaps, to a new subgenre. While mysteries tagged “cozies” ask to be read with a cup of hot tea and “hardboileds” demand gin, “Relentless” could be paired with an espresso, double shot, straight up. I have read scores of mysteries. This one is different, in an enjoyable way.
The story is, indeed, a police procedural. And, it is a mystery. (The clues are there; most are quite subtle.) But, in tone, this book is a bit chatty. Brick Kavanagh is likable, l
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Washington, DC homicide police detective, Brick Kavanaugh, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body is fished from the Tidal Basin. To his shock, the young woman is the sister of a hard working young Guatemalan man, Jose’, who has been working at a local pub. Then Jose’s body is discovered at his apartment, the gang symbol for MS-XIII with his body. The local ICE agents round up a few gang members, one confesses and the MPD wraps up the case. Brick has his doubts, it was too easy. ...more
Erica (The Literary Apothecary)
Gritty and timely hard-boiled detective showcasing the ominous side of the nation’s capital.

Relentless features an angst-ridden protagonist, who is very well-developed .

With a thicket of subplots, Relentess held my attention, as Wilson took me on a roller coaster ride with steep climbs and twisting turns.

Analysis: All the tropes will be familiar to those of read police procedurals. Relentless was a solid, entertaining character-driven story if rather predictable. With a slow buildup, the story
Jay Williams
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brick and Ron catch a new case when the body of a young woman is found floating in the Tidal Basin. The style of writing makes for easy reading. The book includes great personal interactions that contribute to the entertainment value. The characters are unique and different, and they are developed in depth. The investigation leads to a murderer, but not after serious issues, which include Brick quitting his job. The descriptions match well with my knowledge of DC, and should be educational for t ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
'Relentless' started off as a fairly ordinary crime story with significant potential. It featured likeable characters, good pacing and a touch of drama.

It is deeply unfortunate that the plot did not make all that much sense. This book could not decide if it was a serial killer suspense story, a typical cop shop / detective drama or a legal thriller. The ending was extremely disappointing and in many ways it did not make sense.

Wilson would have done better to choose one theme, focus on it and gi
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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I went back and forth with this book. Sometimes I really liked it and sometimes I didn't. It started out as a by the numbers procedural. And then it got more interesting with the connections between the characters. As we got to the middle, it flipped and I was hoping it would make a big change. I don't feel that the author took real advantage of the twist that could have offered. The ending seemed to be rushed and didn't follow the evidence of the story so far. I was hoping that the threads woul ...more
Bill Haddad
Sep 09, 2022 rated it liked it
An interesting, even engaging story, but some things bothered me too much. First, the name of the central character, "Brick" was annoying, and learning it was because of his red hair just made it worse. It just goes against my sensibilities. Okay, brick-red is a thing, but calling someone a brick has overwhelming other meanings. I really liked the idea of a cup story set in DC that wasn't political, and the local color was fun. Let me just say without making a spoiler that I did not like the end ...more
Cindy Lauren
Parts of this book are good and parts not so much. The story had promised, but wasn't totally realized as the book proceeded. It is unusual to have good guys who drink and smoke and use a bar as HQ, but that is OK.

I wanted to really like the police detective, but he was a bit one dimensional, especially when he was dealing with the attorney.

The wrap up was a bit of a disappointment, both in terms of it being a bit cliched and the how and why didn't seem to make sense to me.
I think there is pos
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for fans of detective stories such as the Harry Bosch series or Amos Decker series. Brick Kavanagh is one of the good guys and is very likable. He’s trying to do his job to the best of his ability just as most of us are. He works with some unsavory people who are only looking out for themselves. Brick has a small network of people he cares about and when his job and his personal life meet it makes doing the job even harder. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy detective s ...more
Lori King
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the beginning, I thought there was good interaction between Brick and his partner and the author has a good knowledge of the story location. I felt that the other interactions in the story fell flat. The plot development seemed disjointed and didn't really flow to the conclusion of the story. Other than a couple of chuckles at the beginning of the story, I really didn't feel anything.

I received the kindle version of this book through Goodreads Giveaway which is the reason I am explaini
Carol Custer
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little while to get into the story but once I connected with the character of Brick, I wanted to know what would happen next. In many ways, this was a mystery novel like many others. In some ways, it felt like I might have read it before; but there were enough twists in the plot to keep the book interesting. Some unexpected and sad developments caught me off guard. Overall, a pretty good read.
Doug Yonce
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strong entry into a very crowded field as hard-boiled cops and murders can be found in abundance. But Wilson’s entry is welcomed. The plot development and characters are well-developed. The story moves at a a quick pace, and keeps the reader coming back for more. Hopefully there will be more stories to come as well. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
David J. Reichman
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Based on this one, I wouldn't read any others.
Some may find the one-liners charming, but it seemed that every sentence between cops ended with a one-liner--which to me, was just filler.

Nothing really happened in the book until my kindle counter read 50%, and frankly, i only finished it because of (very) mild curiosity and nothing else to do this afternoon.

If you are in the mood for Harry Bosch, go for the original.
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