Crime Scene

A Buck Taylor Novel

Fiction - Crime
381 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2023
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

More than seventy dead. Over a hundred injured. All sprawled in a bloody mess on the floor of what had been the launch party of a drag club a few hours before. This and a strong smell of gunpowder and the coppery smell of blood welcomed law enforcement agencies in Colorado to the latest crime scene. A shooter had stormed into the new club mid-party and quickly turned it into a place of carnage. Agent Buck Taylor of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation wasted no time picking up the trail of the suspected killer, Bryce Tanner. Things get complicated when law enforcement cannot find Bryce Tanner’s profile on their database; he is simply a ghost. However, the name Roger Shipman keeps popping up at every stage of the investigation. Could Bryce Tanner be Roger Shipman or are they two different people? With far-right activists politicizing the mass shooting incident and a psycho killer on the loose, will Agent Taylor solve the case? Find out in Chuck Morgan’s Crime Scene: A Buck Taylor Novel.

You are not going to put down this whodunit until you have flipped through it from cover to cover. Once again Chuck Morgan weaves an intriguing plot starring the savvy, intuitive, stealthy, hawk-eyed agent Buck Taylor. Crime Scene is a must-read for lovers of mystery sleuth and murder tales with a touch of conspiracy. Chuck spins a tangled web of mystery with a storyline based on childhood trauma, loss, vengeance, bad luck, small-town gossip, shootings, murder, psychos, and sleuths. The suspense in the storyline coupled with the plot twists had me on the edge of my seat. The evocative descriptions brought the scenes to life, dropping me right in the middle of all the action in Colorado. The well-crafted role-players and their emotions were brought out boldly, allowing me to connect with them. Agent Taylor is a shrewd character with an incredible knack for piecing together a puzzle, and you can’t get enough of him. Although this is the eleventh installment in the Buck Taylor series, it is a stand-alone novel and a magnificent piece of work. I loved it. Chuck never disappoints.

Alma Boucher

Crime Scene: A Buck Taylor Novel is a thrilling mystery by Chuck Morgan. An active shooter at a brand-new drag club outside of Grand Junction committed a terrible crime. According to reports, there were several fatalities and hundreds injured. Witnesses described seeing only one shooter, who had several weapons with extended magazines. Congressman Royal Sanders had been receiving death threats so Corporal James Cardova was assigned to his security detail. During the shooting, Sanders and Cardova both became casualties. Sanders had proposed legislation that would outlaw drag shows with harsh penalties for any violations. The reason Sanders visited the drag club remained a mystery. The investigation took Buck and his team in several directions and raised many questions. Who was the assassin and why was one of the victims a lawmaker who was attempting to outlaw drag clubs?

Crime Scene by Chuck Morgan is an edge-of-your-seat thriller, and I was hooked from the first page. It was a roller coaster ride of anger, murder, and questions. The chapters alternated between the investigating team and the killer and flowed into each other. The plot was fast-paced and full of action. With all the twists and turns, I never knew what would happen next. There was always a surprise waiting around the corner. The characters were well-developed, and they were authentic and relatable. Each character had a background story, so it was easy to get to know them better. The story is well-written, and I was engrossed throughout. Reading this story was a nail-biting experience that kept me guessing until the end. It was much more than I expected.

Nino Lobiladze

Grand Junction, Colorado is shaken by a horrendous crime: a mass shooting in a drag club that took the lives of dozens of victims and injured hundreds. Agent Buck Taylor of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrives at the crime scene to learn that an ultra-conservative congressman, Royal Sanders, is one of the victims. This politician was working on legislation prohibiting drag clubs. So what brought him to one of them? Moreover, the shooter managed to disappear from the scene. Agent Buck Taylor and Sheriff Jackson Foley must untangle the knot of contradictions, detain the dangerous mass murderer, and determine how a popular far-right radio host, Donny Truex, is connected to the shooting. Crime Scene by Chuck Morgan, the eleventh book in a series, is a compelling read for fans of crime drama, suspense, and thriller genres.

In Crime Scene, Chuck Morgan impresses us with a perfectly described criminal investigation. Considering that hate crimes have become a sad part of our everyday lives, this novel reads like a report of true events, with every character coming to life. Chuck expertly crafts his main character, Buck Taylor. Buck is down to earth yet astute. He easily follows the clues and reads the minds of the criminals. Chuck adds emotional depth to the story by sharing Buck's family history. Crime Scene has a carefully designed intrigue that deepens with every unforeseeable turn of events and a dynamic narrative. I appreciated that the author thoughtfully drew our attention to those who spread hate speech. Chuck warns us how easy it is to become a part of the audience listening to podcasts full of hatred and bigotry toward people of different views or lifestyles. Also, Chuck avoids judgment and presents the criminal mind from many different angles.