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A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique

Updated on October 10, 2015

Disclaimer

I was sent A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique for free in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique

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A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique

  1. Private detective Sam Blackman agrees to help his partner and lover, Nakayla Robertson, conduct a fundraiser.
  2. The charity event, a nighttime ghost tour of the legendary haunted sites of Asheville, North Carolina.
  3. Sam tells the story of a grief-stricken woman who hanged herself from an old, arched stone bridge.
  4. “Helen, come forth,” he cries. Instead, of a live actress a body tumbles from overhead and dangles at the end of a noose.

Four simple acts/choices later and our murder mystery has been kicked off. Later a second murder happens also following a ghostly legend to its morbid end. Evidence points to Sam's friend; Sam must solve the case and prove his friend's innocence while catching the real killer.

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Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is a native of western North Carolina, Mark de Castrique sets most of his mysteries in Asheville and in the surrounding Appalachian mountains. Mark de Castrique in addition to being an author is also a play writer, he wrote "A Dying Business". Mark de Castrique has written many books including:

  • The 13th Target
  • Grave Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery (Buryin' Barry Series Book 2)
  • Dangerous Undertaking
  • Foolish Undertaking: Buryin' Barry Mystery
  • The Fitzgerald Ruse: A Sam Blackman Mystery (Sam Blackman Series)
  • Final Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery
  • A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery (Sam Blackman Mysteries)
  • The Sandburg Connection: A Sam Blackman Mystery (Sam Blackman Series)
  • Risky Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery (Buryin' Barry Series)
  • Blackman's Coffin: A Sam Blackman Mystery (Sam Blackman Series)
  • A Specter of Justice: A Sam Blackman Mystery (Sam Blackman Series)

Review

As I wrote in the disclaimer "I was sent A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique for free in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique".

The review copy that I was sent from Poisoned Pen Press was an Uncorrected Proof copy that is Not for Sale. According to my copy this book will be for sale in November of 2015. I have taken care to avoid plot spoilers so nor worries about this review ruining the book for you.

When I started reading A Specter of Justice (A Sam Blackman Mystery) by Mark de Castrique I had not read any of the previous Sam Blackman Mysteries so I began with some preconceived notions that were in fact wrong. I thought that Sam would be a detective on the police force, when in fact he is a retired MP investigator who has his own private detective business. I honestly like the twist of Sam being a PI with real experience instead of a hack of a police officer; it sent this book away from the traditional cop detective book.

The book begins with Sam being a witness for a domestic abuse case that turns bad when the abuser shoots his victim when the verdict does not go his way. I feel like the actual case that this court case was on was probably from the book before this one. I would have liked it if the author had a prologue chapter before chapter one where he provided some backgrounder on the characters in this book and a quick summary on what happened in the last book that would have an effect on this book.

The author does an amazing job with setting the scene even though anyone that has read the back of the book knows the woman who play Helen is going to die it still surprises the read when she does. Sam practices his line of "Helen come forth" and each time that phrase is written the reader expects the murder to happen each time it does not simply build the anticipation. I am not going to go into detail on any other scenes as that would give away the book.

However I will say I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the interaction between the characters. I liked the mix between serial killer and paranormal supernatural deaths. It really made for a great story that kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries, serial killers, paranormal, and/or supernatural.

Three pages of the book so that you can see I do actually own the ARC copy

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