Murder on the Mother Road
by Glenn Nilson
Murder on the Mother Road:
A Bobby Navarro Mystery
Male Sleuth Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (March 15, 2016)
Paperback: 318 pages
Bobby Navarro rides his Harley into another adventure when he discovers the body of a young woman in the trunk of a parked car in Williams, Arizona, on old Route 66.
Who would leave a car, with a body in it, parked on the main street of town? And, who told the police Bobby had been the driver of the car, because they soon take him to the police station to conduct an “interview”.
Then, to make matters worse, Bobby realizes one of the police officers is a woman he had a crush on in high school. And, that’s just his first night in town. Next morning, Bobby has breakfast at a local diner, where everyone is talking about the murder and the arrest of one of the diner’s cooks. The staff don’t think the suspect is guilty of the crime, and one of the locals, Daryl King, lets slip to Bobby that he knows who the guilty party really is. Trouble is, Daryl won’t tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby’s case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby’s part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to “get religion” in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road.
When I was approached about this book I was told it was “a man’s cozy” I was a little skeptical but the synopsis sounded intriguing so I signed up to review. Well I can tell you this woman started reading and stayed up late into the early morning to finish it. I just couldn’t put it down.
Main character, Bobby Navarro, rolls into town and sees a hit and run in progress and can’t get the hitter to do the right thing. When the driver takes off Bobby noticed something about the car that was hit. He ends up opening the trunk and finding a body. He quickly becomes a suspect. After a little interrogation they let him off the hook and one of the officers asks him for a little help. Well him takes that invitation farther than intended and takes us readers on quite a journey.
I really love Bobby Navarro. He is believable, real, and so engaging. His heart is in the right place and he really just needs to help solve this murder. Seeing that body had a definite effect on him.
All the other characters are very developed as well. They all added to the story. The dialogues were so well written. I enjoyed that Bobby knew one of the officers from high school. I would love to see more of a relationship between the two of them in the future.
The mystery starts right away and drew me in immediately. There are plenty of suspects and I was totally surprised with the way the story all came together.
This isn’t your typical cozy, it has a little bit of an edge, and a not so common male protagonist, but I can say men and woman alike will enjoy this story. 🙂
I am so glad Glenn Nilson reached out to me about this book. It is a fantastic story. I may have woke up with a book hangover, but this story was worth it. I plan to read the first Bobby Navarro story, Murder on Route 66, as soon as I can squeeze it into my reading schedule. The author took a huge break between the 2 books so I am interested to see how Bobby started out.
About The Author –
Glenn grew up on a farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, hiking, hunting, even panning for gold. After college, he served as an officer in the Navy, then earned a doctorate in sociology and taught at a branch of the State University in Connecticut. There, he developed, directed and taught a criminal justice program. Upon retirement, the West drew him back, this time to New Mexico, the setting for his first novel, Murder on Route 66. Currently, Glenn divides his time between living in rural Florida and up-state New York, writing and refurbishing an 1870’s-era, creek-side cottage. Whenever possible, he enjoys cooking, riding his own motorcycle and camping.
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