June 05, 2019

#BookReview for A Shattered Lens: A Detective Preach Everson Novel by Layton Green


Synopsis:  A detective investigates the murder of a teenage golden boy that has rocked a small town--and the chief suspect is the victim's mother. Annalise Stephens Blue is a Creekville high school student with plans to become a world-famous filmmaker. As she begins filming an exposé of the town called Night Lives, she uncovers more than she bargained for: on the very first night of filming, she stumbles upon a murder in the woods, and flees the scene steps ahead of the killer. Detective Joe "Preach" Everson is called to investigate the murder. The victim, David Stratton, is the town's golden boy and high school quarterback. A modern version of what Preach used to be. Not only that, the boy's mother is Claire Lourdis, a beautiful divorcée who Preach fell for in high school. She is also the main suspect in her son's murder. Despite the cloud of suspicion hanging over her, old feelings resurface between Claire and Preach, straining the detective's relationship with his girlfriend Ari, a prosecutor in nearby Durham. As Preach delves into the secrets lurking beneath the surface of the town and searches for a missing girl who may have witnessed the crime, he must put his own feelings aside and pursue the answer to a terrible question: is a mother capable of murdering her own child?
About the Author:  Layton Green is a mystery, suspense, and thriller writer and the author of Written in Blood, the first Detective Preach Everson Novel, as well as the Dominic Grey series and other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. His novel The Shadow Cartel was a #2 overall bestseller on Amazon UK. In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
My Review:  If you like police books then this one might be for you.  It's not very long and it was pretty straight forward. It had a lot of great twists and turns and I think I might pick up book one soon. The characters weren't anything new in a story like this. They didn't really stand out but they worked well for the story. 



Praise for the Preach Everson Series
"5/5 ... This smart mystery by Layton Green [is] a real page turner." - San Fancisco Book Review
"Dostoevsky and Poe would be proud" - Knoxville News Sentinel
*Library Journal Starred Review*
Poisoned Pen Fresh Fiction Selection
MysteryPeople bookstore Pick of the Month
"Written with Profound Elegance" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Starred Review
"A page-turner" - Publishers Weekly
"Smart, tense, and mystifying ... one of the best new mysteries I've read this year." - Critical Mass Blogspot
"A fascinating new protagonist" - Kirkus Reviews
"A smart page-turner, as dark and deep as the Carolina woods." - Gordon McAlpine, author of the Edgar-nominated Woman with a Blue Pencil
"Fast-paced and braided with twists, it's terrific entertainment." - Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Only Child and The Demonologist










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