Blocker's Bluff


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
288 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2015
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Blocker's Bluff is a cozy mystery style novel by author George Encizo. Set on the coast of South Carolina, the central relationship is a buddy-cop back and forth between Police Chief Molly Dickson and her former mentor, the ex-Chief John Porter. John has been largely ostracized from the community, but when Molly suspects that a prime political figure is involved in something dark, she ventures out to bring the gruff shut-in back to the real world to help with the investigation. What follows is a winding plot full of tricks, cons, affairs, drama and, of course, plenty of crime. Never too shocking or too extreme, but always tense and interesting to keep you turning pages.

The central spice which flavours the whole of Blocker's Bluff is a peppering of witty banter between Molly and John as they go through the motions of conducting their investigation. Even when things get heavy or confusing, author George Encizo stays true to a character-driven style of storytelling, and readers who like to become attached to their central heroes will follow this pair to the ends of the Earth. Whilst not wishing to divulge anything about the mystery’s plot itself, I can say that it genuinely surprised me on more than one occasion and it was difficult to predict the direction that events would take from one chapter to the next. Overall, Blocker's Bluff is a well written easy read which is sure to delight both crime and mystery fans, with a unique humour all of its own.