Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pattern Of Wounds: A Book Review

About The Book:

A brutal murder.

An unraveling conviction.

To catch the killer, Roland March must decipher the

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 a series of taunting 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.

About The Author:

J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. For more information, visit 

My Review:

You don't typically put the words Christian and Murder Mystery in the same sentence, especially when it comes to Christian Fiction. However, in the last few years, I have noticed (as I am sure many of you have as well) a lot of Christian Crime/Mystery Fiction. I have had the opportunity to read a number of these novels and have been pretty impressed with most. One of the newest Christian Crime novelists I have discovered in J. Mark Bertrand, and earlier this year read his debut novel, Back In Murder. It was a fantastic beginning to a great series, featuring Detective Roland March. Now, Bertrand is back with book two, Pattern Of Wounds.

This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat from page one and you will be wondering, "whodunit?" right up until the end! With well-developed plots and characters, one of my favorite parts of the book was March's realization that he does need Jesus (that is all the spoiler I will give!). The characters and their struggles are real, easy to relate to and there is authenticity seen all throughout this novel!

 The journey each of us takes to come to Christ  are varied and this is evident all through the book. Also, we are reminded that though we try to, we don't control the  things that happen to us, God does and we have to let go and let God! 

If you are a fan of crime fiction or crime television, Pattern Of Wounds will for sure appeal to you! I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 

BUY IT:  You can purchase Pattern of Wounds by J. Mark Bertrand at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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