Pattern of Wounds
July 15, 2011
The Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J. Mark Bertrand lived in Houston, where the series is set, for fifteen years, earning an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. But after one hurricane too many he relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, was the foreman of one hung jury and served on another that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.
ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman’s brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat — or did March convict the wrong man?
Alienated from his colleagues and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.
Sally Says: I love J. Mark Bertrand. So far I’ve read all three of his books, and every one has been great. He’s now on my must-read list.
Back on Murder is the first book following Roland March, Houston homicide detective. But if you’re new to Bertrand and Roland March, you don’t need to read the first book to enjoy Pattern of Wounds.
And Pattern of Wounds is enjoyable. It’s everything that’s right with Christian fiction. For those who like life as it is and like a realistic crime novel, this is it. The characters, the setting, the mystery — it’s a pleasure to read, and I sure hope there are a lot more Roland March books coming. Whether you’re going on vacation or staying home, Pattern of Wounds is a book you’ll want to pick up for an entertaining read.