[CFBA Tour&Review] Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand

Posted 14 July, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Back On Murder
Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

J. Mark Betrand


J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota.

Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead. Besides his personal website, visit his Crime Genre website at https://www.crimegenre.com/.

The next book in this series, Pattern Of Wounds will come out in the summer of 2011.


Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out.

A missing girl. A corrupt investigation. They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:

Roland March is BACK ON MURDER…

Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he’s disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details.  But when he’s the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he’s given one last chance to prove himself. Before he can crack the case, he’s transferred to a new one that has grabbed the spotlight–the disappearance of a famous Houston evangelist’s teen daughter.
 All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he’s still one of Houston’s best detectives.

Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Back On Murder, go HERE.

My Review:
I love a good suspense novel, and this one was good! It’s broken down into 2 parts and makes it even more interesting. This is the first book in Bertrand’s A Roland March Mystery series and it’s well written by an author who can pull you into the mystery from the start and hook you until the last page. I was so hooked on this book that I read it in less than 24 hours! WOW!

Roland March is an “on-his-way-out” homicide detective, but was once the best. Now, a missing girl and  a gruesome murder investigation gives him the chance to save his career….he thinks. But he maybe needing to save his life instead. I LOVED the mystery in this story! I was turning page after page late into the night. While March is searching for the girl and trying to solve the murder, other things come to light for March and you feel like you are him, facing his past, solving the crimes and most important, finding himself and his faith.

An incredibly excellent murder mystery worthy of more than 5 stars! If you love murder mysteries and Christian fiction, then I highly, HIGHLY recommend this fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping new suspense from Bertrand! Totally worth the time spent reading it! I can’t wait for more books like this from this awesome author!



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