Friday, February 2, 2024

Review: Murder for Treasure by Dave Vizard


Genre: Thriller


“Long-lost treasure from a sunken Great Lakes steamer is the link between two Michigan killings and an attempted murder. Plenty of cut-throat desperadoes are eager to get their hands on the vault of silver and gold. Follow Bay City news reporter Nick Steele as he solves the murders, tracks down the killers, and goes on a wild run to beat the bandits to the booty in this fast-paced thriller.”


“Dave Vizard is a former award winning newspaper and magazine writer and editor. He has taught journalism and writing at the college level. Each of his murder mysteries is rooted in Michigan and revolves around the exploits of news reporter Nick Steele. If Steele is on the scene, then there's very likely at least one lifeless body nearby.”


I’ve read a few of these thrillers featuring newspaper reporter Nick Steele and always enjoy them. They tend to have twists that are clever and unique. For example, the ultimate answer to the mystery at the heart of this story is going to fit the clues, but I suspect it won’t be what you think the answer is going to be. These stories mostly take place in an area stretching from Michigan’s Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City eastward to encompass Michigan’s thumb region. Although I’ve only visited that area a couple times I find that I’m having no problem imagining the area and the people populating these stories who fit those in the area very well. When reporter Nick Steele visits some little town in the thumb area it triggers the travel nerd side of me and I’m taking out a map to see where it is and trying to imagine what it is like there. But you don’t need to be a travel nerd to get into this book, just someone who likes a unique mystery thriller with a strong sense of place.

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Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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