Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 June 2015
First and foremost, if you’ve been a lil wary of getting hold of Bob Moats’ latest novel, The Leviticus Murders, because you think it might be a bit on the religious side, think again. The only things religious about the novel are the fact that it has a few characters who are Catholic priests, and the antagonist cites verses from Leviticus as justification for murders that are committed. Moats’ is most certainly not trying to sway your religious or spiritual sensibilities. There is no preaching in this novel, just good, ol’ fashioned murder.
The second thing that I should point out at this early stage is that Bob Moats and I have known each other via Social Media for a few years. He is not a person or author who, prior to me reading The Leviticus Murders, I was unfamiliar with, and to be completely transparent with this review, I have to say that I do enjoy reading his Jim Richards novel series. Now, on to The Leviticus Murders . . .
Detective Scott Murphy has been put on the Leviticus Murder case because of his background, and his family. Schooled in the ways of the Catholic Church during his childhood, Murphy also has the added advantage of having a cousin, Daniel, who is a Catholic priest. With an absentee partner who is on the verge of retirement, Murphy enlists the help of friend and colleague, Hadeem McDougan, along with Daniel, to assist him in solving the Leviticus murders. Unfortunately, during their investigation the bodies keep piling up.
Just as frustrating for Murphy as the rapidly increasing number of corpses in coroner Harry Tomlin’s autopsy room, is the fact that the murderer begins to specifically target the detective, leaving little notes for him at the crime scenes. There are quite a few murders in this novel, but the one that I found the most creative involved liquid nitrogen and a hose. I won’t explain it because I think it’s better to actually read it for yourself. And by ‘better’ I mean that you’d appreciate the impact of that particular death just a little more if you read the description of that character death rather than rely on me telling you all about it.
Moats’ novels are easy reads, and that’s not an insult. It simply means that you can power through the story and not get weighed down by any unnecessary rubbish, the plots are well laid out with some interesting twists and turns, characters fall into two distinct categories (you either like ‘em, or you don’t), and at the end of the story you get your resolution. There’s no pretentious rubbish when you read a Bob Moats novel.
I do, however, have to mention that I like Jim Richards more than Detective Scott Murphy, but maybe that’s because I’ve read more of Moats’ novels where Richards is the protagonist. And I did tend to favour coroner Harry Tomlin when he kept telling Murphy to hurry up and solve the murders, because I really wanted to slap Scott Murphy, and tell him to get over the fact that he was Catholic schooled, suck it up, and get on with his job. Now is not the time, Scott Murphy, to sulk about the fact that you’ve been given a high priority case because of your background; it is the time to use that knowledge, and catch a killer, so get to it!
Murphy’s absentee partner, Matt Leslie, was of interest to me too. The man, as I’ve pointed out, was never around to do any work, and I was positive that he had something to do with the Leviticus murderer. Positive, I tell you. I did figure it all out before Murphy and newly-acquired-partner-for-the-case McDougan pieced it all together, but if you’re a regular crime fiction reader, you might just see a few suspects where none exist. After all, it wouldn’t be a crime fiction story without the odd red herring or two. And it was probably wrong of me, but I did heartily chuckle at the end when Murphy and McDougan caught up with the perpetrator. Let’s just say it all came together with quite a bang.
You can purchase a copy of The Leviticus Murders through all e-book retailers. Hit up Bob’s official author page on Facebook where he’s provided links to any and all retailers that are currently selling his works. Additionally, you’ll be able to check out Bob’s other novels via that Facebook page. And don’t forget, you can contact Bob via Twitter, and his website too.
Give The Leviticus Murders a whirl, and then get into all of Bob’s other novels.