Morning all! Yes, it’s that dreaded word again; Monday. But today I bring you another review, this time of The Wizard Murders by Sean McDevitt! Enjoy.
The year is 1981. The small California town of Beaumont is rocked by a series of seemingly random -and increasingly violent- murders. An aging detective tries to capture the elusive killer- but with so few clues, can anyone stop the killing? (NOTE: this edition has been revised and updated since its initial March 2012 release.)
“Sean McDevitt certainly has great potential to write very intriguing and involved thrillers and mysteries…I would definitely pick up the next write by McDevitt and gladly read it.” -Tenya Sharp Ingalls, O. Scarlett! Reviews
I found this to be an interesting and unusual plot to choose. Detective Andy Pitt has to unravel the crimes, being able to only follow a series of clues after receiving calling cards in the form of dark blue wizard paintings. I felt that the beginning of the book was a good start, as it launched straight in, while setting up the characters at the same time. Some of the characters, namely the secretary, were well filled-out and believable; whereas others were not. The original idea of the storyline was very cool, and an interesting idea that no-one else has thought of, so I have to give the author a lot of credit for that. I also liked that the author really made the landscape come to life, it was very well-described, and let the reader had a peek into what the town looked like.
The main character seemed a little flat, and it would have been nice to see him a little more multi-dimensional. Also, the book was written in present tense, and yet a lot of the book was in italics for the character’s thoughts. This made it seem a little awkward, and it perhaps would have been better if it had been written in first person. Some of the writing seemed a little too clunky, and didn’t flow as well as it should have in places.
This was an interesting idea for a story from this author, and I did like the storyline. The characters were great, but could have done with a little more plumping out. It also might have been nice to see the book in first-person narrative, in order that it could flow better with the thoughts of the main protagonist. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read, that could do with a little bit of polishing up.
I give this book……3/5 stars!