Twitter contest the first 8 murder novels by Detroit area resident Bob Moats. Moats became one of the causalities of unemployment early in 2009 and had time on his hands to finally pursue a life long dream of writing a full blown crime novel. Thus was born the first book, "Classmate Murders".
What followed was a series of 10 books starting with "The Classmate Murders" which introduces the main character, Jim Richards, who has to admit he has become a senior citizen, reluctantly. Richards, one day, receives an email from a childhood sweetheart asking for his help, but by the time he reaches her she has been murdered. His life turns around and he is pulled into numerous murders of women from his high school who he hasn't seen in 40 years. Along with a friend of his, Buck, a big, mustached biker, they go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens, a TV talk show host who Jim has just fallen for while protecting her. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, a good amount of romance and a twist ending.
Jim and his fellow crime fighters, continue in the other books, traveling to Las Vegas twice, back to Detroit and out to New York to solve murders involving dominatrix; mistresses; Bridezillas; magic; strip clubs and an ocean cruise. Previews and comments are available on his site.
Book titles include Classmate Murders; Vegas Showgirl Murders; Dominatrix Murders; Mistress Murders; Bridezilla Murders; Magic Murders; Strip Club Murders; Made-for-TV Murders and Mystery Cruise Murders.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Classmate Murders. I instantly connected with each character as they were introduced. Being quite a bit younger than the characters, I felt like these were people my parents knew and hung out with while I was growing up. I loved the friendships and relationships each character developed with each other, especially Jim and Penny. The characters are constantly kidding around with each other, just like real friends would.
The motorcycles and motorcycle gang being in the book takes me right back to a simpler time in my childhood when some family and neighbors of mine were in a motorcycle club and stopped by often to visit. Now my dad's gang have grown older and deal with classic cars so I can actually relate to most of the characters.
My favorite character in the book is Penny, a TV Talk Show host who is still a knock out at nearly 60 and is as sassy as ever. She's smart, independent, and it may have taken her 40 years but she snags her high school crush who helps save her life.
I love that these characters take the murder investigation into their own hands and actually do a better job than the police and end up saving Penny, and themselves, from the killer(s) who in the end leaves you surprised.
All in all this was a great book. I have now started reading the second book in the series, Vegas Showgirl Murders.
Bob has generously offered two of my readers a signed copy of The Classmate Murders.
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