Murder Book by Marshall Thornton

51kgHqai+eLTitle: Murder Book

Series: Boystown 05

Author: Marshall Thornton

Genre: Mystery, Historical (1982)

Length: Novel (185pgs)

Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press (5th April 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: With the Chicago Police stretched to their limit by the Tylenol murders, private investigator Nick Nowak is spurred to action when the Bughouse Slasher strikes again.

In the fifth book of the award-winning Boystown mystery series, its fall 1982 and Chicago is gripped by panic after five people die from poisoned Tylenol capsules. Amid the chaos, the Bughouse Slasher takes his eighth victim, this time striking close to private investigator Nick Nowak. With the Chicago Police Department stretched to its limit, Nick takes matters into his own hands. But what will he do with the Bughouse Slasher once he finds him?

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Review: This book is part of a series and is best read in order. Nick is left reeling with shock when the Bughouse Slasher strikes again. He begins to investigate, trying to piece the vague clues left behind. The Chicago PD and Cooper have the same clues, but for them all hands are needed when poisoned Tylenol capsules kill seven people.

Okay, this is going to be a really short review because everything I can think of to say would give the entire plot away. When a new victim is taken by the Bughouse Slasher, Nick takes over Harker’s Murder Book, trying to piece together clues to discover who the killer is. Briefly teaming up with Christian (reporter) nearly proves to be a disaster and Cooper has his hands full with the Tylenol poisonings. Nick also has his own cases to work and he has to prioritize what is most important.

Nick is such a great character. He doesn’t have much time for soppy feelings and keeps his feelings close to his chest. That doesn’t mean that what has happened hasn’t affected him or that, at the right moment, he won’t grieve. This is a brilliant story that kept me gripped. I had to stay with Nick as he fought to put together the clues. As he fought frustration and anger and then as he tried to handle the realization of what Harker had done. The mystery surrounding the Bughouse Slasher is great and the 1982 setting is fantastic. The way that Marshall Thornton immerses us in the time with the actions and words of the characters is brilliant. This story is a harsh reality of that timeline; with the cause of AIDS still unknown, the scenes of sexual contact wasn’t as frightening. The outlook of this story is bleak and beautifully written, this story isn’t a romance.

I recommend this to those that love realistic 80’s, mystery, private detectives, dealing with grief, and solving mysteries. I am looking forward to the next book and truly hope that the outlook will be much happier.