Review: November's Past (Larry Macklin Mysteries Book 1) by A.E. Howe

Print Length: 191 pages
Publisher: Kindle (May 11, 2016)

From The job of criminal investigator in a rural Florida county is never easy, but it’s even harder when your father is the sheriff. 

When Larry Macklin investigates the murder of a mutilated stranger, the search for the victim’s identity intersects with an arson investigation. The common thread is a small group of people who were in high school together in the ’70s, including Larry’s own father. Before Larry can rule any of them out as the killer, one of them turns up dead. 

Why is the murderer targeting this particular group? What past secrets could be worth killing for now? Larry is running out of time and suspects, and his search for the truth may make him the next victim. 


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This was an interesting take on your average police procedural novel. Instead of the main focus being on the murders, there was just as much focus placed on the personal interactions of Deputy Macklin. It was those little "personal" touches that made this novel more engaging to me as a reader. 

I loved the supporting characters in this novel as well. In fact, I think my personal favorite was Mauser - Sheriff Macklin's Great Dane. This isn't to say that the other human characters aren't all well developed and bring something to the overall story in their own right - but Mauser not only provided some comic relief in an otherwise serious novel, but he also reminded me so much of my own dogs that I couldn't help but laugh whenever he was "on the scene". 

From the banter between the deputies, to Larry's trying to balance a promise to his father with what he really wants out of life (and trying to put his all into something his heart isn't entirely in), to all of the other twists and turns added in, this was an enjoyable way to spend a rainy day. 

Overall, I would certainly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a well-written thriller. I would definitely read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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