A Man in Winter is about Arthur, an older man whose wife was brutally murdered. Arthur is diagnosed with dementia and moves into a retirement home where his dead wife returns, asking for help.
The book is written from Arthur’s point of view, which worked well for his story. We only knew what he knew and, because of his dementia, what he forgot. I sometimes wondered if what he thought transpired did or if it was part of his dementia. Exploring this difficult topic through a murder mystery was intriguing and gave me (as the reader) a different viewpoint.
I felt for Arthur as he tried desperately to help his wife. He knew she was a ghost, but love knows no bounds. The ending was fitting and satisfying (which doesn’t always happen in these types of books).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
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Jailed is the seventh book within the Cal Rogan Mysteries, but the first one I have had the pleasure of reading. I was concerned that not reading books 1-6 would leave me completely lost. I was delighted to find out that this is not the case! Each book is a stand-alone story but based on the core character group.
Jailed is about a young man, Micah, who claims to have been wrongly convicted of the murder of his girlfriend. Cal and the rest of the Private Investigation team set out to get Micah out of jail. While Micah is in jail, there are two rival gangs, one wanting him dead and the other protecting him.
The book uses a first-person narrative, which is often poorly done. Robert, however, did a fantastic job of giving us the characters’ perspectives without being inundated with ‘I did.’ When I first started reading this book, I was a little concerned about this perspective because each chapter is through the eyes of a different person. It was weird wrapping my head around who would be speaking for the first three chapters because I am not used to reading books written from this perspective.
It worked so well for the progression of the story. Not only did we view the story through various sets of eyes, but the thought processes were interwoven so smoothly. I would not have wanted this book any other way!
The story kept me wanting to read on, and the twist I thought would happen didn’t. But there was a twist. If you like detective books, this is a must-read!
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