Book Review: Murder on the Mind by L.L.Bartlett

After a brutal mugging in Manhattan that left Jeff Resnik almost dead, he moves back home to Buffalo to live with his half brother, Richard, and his girlfriend, Brenda.  However, as a consequence of his injuries, he finds that he knows things that he can’t possibly know, before they have even happened.

When a local banker is murdered in a terribly horrific manner, Jeff is ‘gifted’ with being able to pick up on the emotions of those involved as well as being able to visualise some of what happened.  But his information is disjointed, and he wonders if he is losing his mind.  As he tries to work out what is going on with himself, he also realises that he might be the only person who can solve the murder.

But will anyone take him seriously?  And more importantly, can he convince the authorities and the local press that he didn’t have anything to do with it?  With time running out, he quickly finds that his knowledge might have put more than himself in danger…

I really enjoyed Murder on the Mind.  The pace of the story was fast, the characters were interesting and had depth.  I thought that the way Jeff acquired his psychic abilities and how he struggled to understand them was dealt with in a very sympathetic, natural way.  The storyline flowed and the descriptions of the places visited were enough to bring them to life, along with the characters.

A few of the minor details in the storyline felt a little far-fetched, but they didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of it.  The story itself was well-written and I struggled to put it down until I found out how it ended.

Murder on the Mind is a gripping, fast-paced mystery, which I downloaded for free from Smashwords.

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