Retired DEA agent Joe Nicoletti is a man in need of a change. Worn and weary from a career filled with criminals and violence, he dreams of living his life in peace and tranquility. He dreams of moving far from Washington, D.C., where every street reminds him of the sudden death of his wife, Kristen. He dreams of a town where art and literature dominate the conversations at the local coffee shop.
When an old friend offers him a faculty position at the University of Montana it seems his dreams are about to come true. He never dreamed he would have a second chance at love. He never dreamed he would become the prime suspect in a high-profile murder case. He never dreamed he would be forced to undertake the most important investigation of his life.
But dreams can turn into nightmares when there is Murder in Missoula.
I wanted to love this book, I really did, but there were one too many issues that popped in my head while reading it. The story was moving along nicely until the investigation started. I mean, the clues were basically served on a platter but our detective just doesn’t seem to be any good. How does a former DEA agent become an expert on serial killers, anyways? I feel like i missed something there.
I also couldn’t swallow the complete ignorance of the female target; Especially Anne. Is there any woman, one who lives alone at that, in this century that is so flippant about her personal security? It kind of feels like the Author going out of his way to create easy targets. I mean, how can she be so clueless. You and your bff get repeated hang ups on your phone, she gets murdered but you don’t think it’s worth mentioning? (I am rolling my eyes at this one. Sorry!) This character in particular sounds really dumb as she recalls this events to the “big detective” in such an offhand manner. She is not allowed to have any deductive abilities whatsoever. If only one person is allowed to solve the crime, then maybe this story should have been told from a one person narrative.
Another thing is the killer pretending to be gay so women can trust him; Does this actually happen? Does being a homosexual man make you more trustworthy or less likely to be a killer? It didn’t feel realistic to me at all.
The story line wasn’t engaging at all, to be honest. One minute, the killer is being tracked to his house by the police and suddenly you find them discussing a fake rape charge. If this book was being used to illustrate how not to investigate a murder, then it is on point. And what’s up with the psychic angle? It wasn’t terrible but i don’t get what purpose it’s supposed to serve. I don’t get it.
In all, it’s not a bad book. If you’re looking for something to pass the time, then this could work; However, it felt like i was watching a bad cop show.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Title: Murder in Missoula
Author: Laurence Giliotti
Published by: Chateau Noir Publishing
Date of Publication: 19 Sep 2015
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers