Title: Murder on the Mountain
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.
Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim’s friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.
I first discovered Jamie Fessenden’s storytelling ability a few months ago when I reviewed his contemporary romance Screwups. I have since read most of his backlist and have not been disappointed, yet. Murder on the Mountain is Fessenden’s latest offering from Dreamspinner Press. A true murder mystery mixed with age gap romance and Fessenden’s smooth and sincere prose, Mountain is an outstanding read.
Jesse and Kyle are an interesting pair. I don’t know that I would normally have put them together, but they have some serious chemistry. Add in the mystery, the resolution of which is well hidden throughout the story, and I had an enjoyable afternoon’s read. The cast of characters is deliciously screwed up, from Kyle’s detective partner, Wesley to the plethora of murder suspects.
We don’t go terribly deep into the background of either Jesse or Kyle, I feel we know the suspects better than the main characters, but you still feel a connection to the MCs. I like the realism you feel with all the characters. None of them are perfect or without fault, but you don’t want any of them to be a murderer, either.
I adore the fact that Fessenden sets his stories in his home state of New Hampshire. He made me want to visit Mount Washington and ride on the Cog. You can tell he loves the area and knows it well. The location is as much a character in the story as the people. I still have one Fessenden backlist title I need to read, and it will be on the TBR very very soon. Heck, I MIGHT even break my moratorium on regency when we get closer to the holidays just to read his Christmas story from a couple of years ago.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
To celebration of the release, Fessenden doing a blog tour for the next four weeks! During that time, He will be giving away four free eBook copies of Murder on the Mountain and one grand prize $40 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press! To enter just comment below.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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