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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Judith Erwin’s first book in the Shepherd & Associates Series kicks off with Capitol Murder. Jake Shepherd is the latest private investigator cum lawyer that may well soon find his rightful place in the canon of literary sleuths. With a personality that is a crossbreed of Sherlock Holmes and Gregory House, do not expect him to win many friends as much as he wins enemies. Despite his flaws, he does have his own moral principles, and that is he prefers not to render his services to the guilty party. This first installment makes a huge impact as Scarlett Kavanaugh solicits his help to investigate the death of her estranged twin sister’s husband, Senator Scott Kingsley. As Shepherd tries to narrow down his suspects and could not care less who gets offended, new partnerships will be formed as well—whether he likes it or not.
Author Judith Erwin has created an unforgettable character that you will love and hate at the same time. If you have the money to burn, Shepherd is the first P.I. that you will come running to if you want a murder case solved. On the other hand, he is the type of guy you would not want your parents to meet over dinner. His daring persona crosses personal boundaries, and he simply does not care. Offending people is his gift, but so is reading suspects like a restaurant menu, as well as exuding a James Bondish charm that appeals to women. While Shepherd takes center stage in probing questions to get the job done, where you might find him at times to be a pain in the neck, the novel does address moral concerns from diverse points of view. If you enjoy reading how people are exposed as to who and what they really are, this is a new mystery crime series to read.