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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review and ebook Giveaway: Murdock Tackles Taos by Robert J Ray

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Partners in Crime Tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Synopsis: Weary but wise private-eye Matt Murdock is back, and he has met his match—a vital and attractive writer and cop’s daughter, Helene Steinbeck. Helene is hiking in the hills of Taos when she happens upon the corpse of a young woman downed by an arrow. Murdock appears on the horizon just in time to prevent a team of archers from using Helene as target practice. Murdock has been scouring Angel Mountain and vicinity for evidence that will help him discover the whereabouts of Barbi Bellini, the missing daughter of a friend. 

Now that Helene has stumbled onto the scene, she has no choice but to join Murdock in his search for answers. Drawn to the detective’s integrity and quiet strength, she becomes both his apprentice and his lover. Their quest leads them to a cult of locals whose charismatic leader believes the “weak” are fair game. But this unholy brotherhood is just the poisonous tip of the arrow. The hunters have forged deadly alliances with the rich and powerful of Taos. Who can Helene and Murdock trust? Will they be able to out think—and outrun—their many adversaries?

About Murdock: Murdock came to Seattle for the winter and stayed. An immigrant from Southern 
California, Murdock finds a new life and a new love while punishing bad guys. Using his Special Forces skills in a hi-tech world, Murdock finds peace at the end of a .45.


She had the day off and she was lonely in Taos so she took her laptop and her sketchpad and sat in the shade at the Hard Wire Café. She was sketching a guy for money because she was broke.

He was handsome, with a great tan and a gorgeous smile. When he left her with a twenty she felt even lonelier. She bought a coffee, sweet iced latte, and hung out—was he gone forever or what?

An hour passed, then two. She did another sketch—ten bucks, thank you—and then the handsome guy was back. 

“Come to a party,” he said. “Artists and writers, Colony People. Our kind, okay?”

The guy drove a silver Humvee.

She kicked off her sandals and settled into the comfy seat smiling. The guy had this really great profile.The Humvee climbed up, past the Pueblo, and crossed through a gate into Never-Never Land. Roofs, aspen trees turning, a lawn so green it came from England.

The first person she met gave her a drag. The smoke invaded her brain, curled like a cat. The people were beautiful, some her age, some younger. The food was out of this world.

Smoked meat, soft and succulent. “Have another bite, hon?” What is this meat, anyway?

There was wine, beer, tequila shooters, Scotch whiskey so smooth it raised your hopes for a better world. A world for starving artists like herself.

She danced around the campfire, barefoot. Her feet were tough from pounding New York streets.

A pretty girl, Tammy with a Texas accent and a bouncy blonde ponytail, whipped off her blouse and kept dancing— torchlight on bare tits, sell that sketch, make a killing.

Another girl, another blouse, and another. Blouses tossed like leaves in the wind, until she was the only one left, the only girl not on display. So she said, “What the hell?” and they clapped their hands, chanting, as she flung her blouse away and then....

Review: I had not read nay of the Murdock books before surprisingly, so I was interested to see if I would like this series. SURPRISE- LOVE this book! It is a roller coaster of a ride from the beginning chapter, with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Ladies, you may find yourself charmed by Murdock, just like Helene in the book! Note- there are some sexual scenes, but they are short and appropriate to the book and characters.. This was a quick read and I finished it in 2 sittings, and it made me want to go back and read the prior Murdock books (there are 6 of them). If you are looking for a great end of Summer read, check out this book!

 Robert J. Ray About the Author: Robert J. Ray is a writer/ teacher with six Matt Murdock Mysteries, three volumes of The Weekend Novelist writing series, a tennis story, a thriller about diamonds, a small business textbook that has gone through five editions, and short pieces for magazines. He spent a dozen years teaching college students how to write better. He spent five years teaching tennis, using techniques like Inner Game. Catch Up With the Author on Facebook and his Murdock websiteClick HERE for a great interview with Robert too!

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1 comment:

  1. Fantastic review. And thinking I need to read this so that I can meet Murdock *wink*. Great post. Thank you.


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