Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
“In Textbook Murder, bestselling author and crime fiction professor Frank Hall investigates the mysterious death of his mentee and student Damien Morgan when the Seattle Police Department dismisses it as an accident. Frank's investigation quickly unearths a series of buried secrets and lies surrounding Damien's final days, including an illicit relationship with a most unlikely suspect. But when Frank's efforts turn up more questionable deaths and a motive to kill with dark ties to a major publishing corporation, Frank finds that he must catch the killer quickly or risk becoming the next victim.”
“Fred Tippett, II, is the author of the Young Adult Mystery novels The Women in White and The Lethal List. Fred currently lives in Alabama, though he is a Washington-DC-barred attorney. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania—and primarily uses his legal education to bolster the credibility of police procedural elements for his novels.”
For more, visit Mr Tippett’s website.
Frank Hall isn’t your typical detective. As an author and a professor who teaches a class on writing crime fiction, Frank has a talent for inserting a subtle clue in his writing and for spotting those same clues when he’s reading or evaluating a real-life mystery. When he sees that the detectives from the Seattle Police Department are going to go with the obvious quick suspect when his student is killed, he sees things that convinces him there is more to the story, so he starts digging. Those subtle clues start adding up taking him deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. It turns out that things are even more complicated that he first thought. Frank keeps the reader engrossed as he digs up more clues and gets closer and closer to finding the guilty party. One of the more engrossing mysteries I’ve read recently.
A small number of errors.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words