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Published on the 28th May 2020 by Bully Press.
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Fiction.
Page Count: 200
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
Veteran NYPD Detective Tommy Keane has spent nineteen years chasing criminals in the Bronx – investigating unimaginable crimes and solving near-impossible cases. When a punitive measure forces Keane to transfer to the relatively quiet 21st Precinct in Manhattan, he expects his last thirteen months before retirement to be painfully easy. But as the grisly murder of a celebrated nun soon proves, even the safest neighborhoods can have their secrets, and even the most seasoned detective can be surprised by the disturbing and unspeakably cruel acts humans can commit, and endure.
I received a copy of Sister Margaret from Bully Press in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I didn’t know a great deal about Sister Margaret prior to diving in, except that it’s the first in a series by Brother-Sister Crime-Writing partnership, Travis Myers and Natasha Myers Marsiguerra. I was exceptionally intrigued to learn that Travis is a retired NYPD Officer and that he and Natasha based their story around a lot of their first hand experiences and their own lives.
Sister Margaret sees soon to be retired Tommy Keane relocated to a quiet Manhattan Precinct, fulfilling his last 13 months in a career where he’s solved many a grizzly case filled to the brim with unimaginable horrors. Tommy’s first case in the new Precinct is no different, as he finds himself summoned to the murder scene of a Nun, which is where we get our title significance, which I thought was neat.
What struck me as completely unique and engaging about Sister Margaret is how unfiltered it was and the fact that it’s loosely based on the Authors’ true experiences really added that element of realism! I felt like I was easily able to picture the character’s actions and every one of them were given such a unique and distinctive voice, which I could completely hear throughout this book! At the helm of Sister Margaret is the Myers’ creation, Tommy Keane, who I just enjoyed reading about so much! I love how he’s completely no nonsense and unafraid to speak up as far as his work is concerned, he and his colleagues are unafraid to approach any victim with a reassuring manner. I found Tommy’s adoration of his elderly Mother completely endearing too, there was a scene where he takes her out for dinner and she reminisces about her younger years, I just found it to be so precious and lovely! I worried for him when he worried too about the potential of her having early stages of onset dementia too, though I’m unsure as to the path that this may take in the follow up novels. I’m definitely excited to read more of their lovely scenes together.
The mystery aspect of Sister Margaret effectively kept me guessing right from the get go and until the moment the penultimate twist was revealed! The lead up to the reveal was completely chilling and heart wrenching and horrifying and I couldn’t even have predicted it! Sister Margaret is such an exciting first instalment in a new, completely fresh series by a brilliant duo and I’m definitely excited to see what’s next in store for Tommy Keane! I think lovers of a good fast paced mystery will definitely enjoy this book, It’s sharp, short and definitely packs a punch that will hit long after you finish the book!