Saturday, May 23, 2015



Tracking A Shadow: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel

You can read my interview with the main character, Jarvis Mann, HERE

Jarvis Mann was feeling pretty lucky, as over the past few months, he’d scored some decent P.I. work that didn’t involve taking pictures of sordid affairs.  Then he receives a voice mail from a sexy, female voice, asking for help.  To his immense delight, he discovers that the voice does match the person, as a frightened, sexy Emily proceeds to tell him she thinks she’s being followed, by person, or persons, unknown.  She has a history of being relentlessly stalked by her ex-husband, who one day, just disappeared.  With very few clues to go on, Jarvis agrees to take the case, as Emily is willing to pay whatever it takes to find her stalker.  Is it her ex-husband, or some other jilted lover?

The story starts out slow, as Weir fills in the background of Emily, Jarvis and a few other key players in this mystery.  As Jarvis starts untangling the webs of deceit, he’s approached by a well-know mobster type.  What does he have to do with Emily?  There are plenty of twists and turns, as the list of suspects slowly dwindles.  Jarvis also finds himself in a relationship with Melissa, which gets tangled up in the same webs of deceit.  But who is lying?

The characters are well-developed, along with the plot and dialogue.  I really liked Jarvis and his persona.  I can see me tooling around with him in his classic Mustang.   I also liked Melissa and I would love to see her and Jarvis find their way together again. 

As for the plot, I must say I usually have most of them figured out way in advance.  But this one had me guessing, which was fun for a change.  I love puzzles.  When the final culprit was revealed, we got to see what a subliminal, twisted mind they had.  In this story, I felt sorry for the victims as well as the perpetrator. 

If you love mysteries and thrillers, with a dash of romance, you’ll want to check out this book.  I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.  I give this tale 4 feathers.

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