Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words
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Matthew Iden has published several novels in multiple genres. The first book in his Marty Singer Mystery series was a nominee in the 2014 BigAl’s Books and Pals Readers’ Choice awards. A globe trotter who has traveled almost pole to pole (Iceland to Antarctia), Iden currently makes his home in Virginia.
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“Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.
They were all cops.”
For being retired, Marty Singer is sure staying busy. With his Marty Singer character, Matthew Iden has a detective that will appeal to police procedural fans but is more complex than most in this genre. By virtue of being retired and his investigations being unofficial or off the books, Iden has a bit more leeway in what Singer can get away with while remaining credible. That his cases are not just doing his job seems to draw me in, getting me more invested in Marty’s cases, too.
As with the first of this series, I found this installment to be well written with a gripping plot, plenty of tension, and lots of mystery. Sometimes there was even a touch of humor, as in these lines:
I hung back to make room for a trio of twenty-something girls to pass, their eyes glittering with the prospect of shopping. It was never a good idea to get between a predator and her prey.
Blueblood should appeal to fans of police procedurals and anyone who likes a good mystery.
Although the second book in the series and having read the first book gives some history and backstory that adds to the enjoyment of reading this book, Blueblood could be read as a standalone.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars