#Review – Big City Heat (A Brack Pelton Mystery) by David Burnsworth

Big City Heat (A Brack Pelton Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – Georgia
Henery Press (April 25, 2017)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111996



Lowcountry bar owner and Marine veteran Brack Pelton heads to Atlanta in the wake of a panicked three a.m. phone call. A woman is missing and Brack’s friend Mutt is in danger. Brack’s old flame, investigative news correspondent Darcy Wells, now lives there and is set to marry another man. If Brack was honest with himself, and he usually wasn’t, he’d realize that the missing woman isn’t the reason for his visit. His Semper Fi buddy Mutt can handle himself just fine.

When Brack and Mutt team up to find the woman, the Atlanta underworld revolts, the two biggest players target them, and people start dying. Most people would size up the situation, call it impossible, and walk away. But most people are not Brack Pelton. Impossible situations are his specialty. He made it through Afghanistan and when the military commanders mistook suicidal tendencies for leadership qualities they promoted him. Can Brack succeed at finding the woman, protecting his friend, and winning the girl without destroying the Capital of the South? Not since Sherman’s march across Georgia has the city of Atlanta been in this much danger.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The 3rd installment to this thriller series takes Brack Pelton and his mostly faithful dog Shelby to Atlanta to help his friend Mutt find a missing woman. Star reporter Darcy Wells is in Atlanta too and is engaged, but not to Brack, something he is not too happy about. The 3 team up for a wild adventure that may be the end of them. Buckle in and hold on tight as David Burnsworth takes us at breakneck right along with them.

The author continues to bring the “heat”. Our characters find themselves in Atlanta’s gritty underworld of drugs, prostitution, sex trafficking, illegal imports and more. Car chases and guns blasting reign as they find themselves deeper and deeper in a case that may be beyond their reach. The action starts right away and holds a very rapid pace through the entire story. It get so intense Brack realizes he needs to get Shelby out of harm’s way. The decision brings Brother Thomas to Atlanta too. It was great to see the whole gang together.

Burnsworth writes a story so well you feel like you are watching a movie instead of reading a book. His descriptive talent is top notch enabling me to see such vivid pictures in my mind.

There is a bit of a romantic element to the story as Brack tries to decide if he should fight for the girl but it all takes places right along with all the action. The Southern dialect comes through in the dialogue especially with Brother Thomas and Mutt. Brack is a sarcastic son-of-a-gun so there is humor there too.

I knew from the author’s first book that he was an author to watch. He gives us the full package – tough, flawed characters you want to root for and a thrilling plot that will keep you up reading late into the night. This guy just keeps topping himself. I am so excited about all his stories. I need to read Blu Heat soon. It has Brack crossing over to meet Blu Carraway, the protagonist of his new series that will be released in September. Burnswoth’s future is really heatin’ up and I can’y wait for more!!

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About This Author

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

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