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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Ghost Music, Detective Marcus Brace finds his card on a brutally bludgeoned female body. The killer wants him to handle the crime, plain as day. A burned-out cop with a strenuous job and a failed marriage, a death of someone in his past will lead Brace to the hidden truth that crosses paths with his intriguing case. As the first installment of the Marcus Brace Mystery series, this haunting psychological thriller is written by Patrick Linder.
Ghost Music is a commendable and flawless mystery crime tale. The main strength of the novel is evident right away - author Patrick Linder's faultless writing style. He has woven a richly detailed book, effortlessly allowing readers to immerse themselves in Brace's attraction to his colleague, Detective Ashlynn Rivers, his failed marriage, his relationship with his father, and the intriguing mystery that Mr. Brey left for him to solve. It is easy to connect to this flawed protagonist, as he is believable and well-fleshed out, which is also the case for the other characters. Ashlynn complements Brace well, which makes them perfect partners professionally and romantically. Linder also captures the mood of the surroundings perfectly; the gory feel of the crime scenes, the busy, colorful senses of Seattle city, and windy, sunny Kansas.
All in all, Ghost Music is a gritty, meaty mystery novel where its intrinsic quality is worth being read slowly to digest its exciting premise and well-structured plot. Combined with Linder's watertight prose, the Marcus Brace Mystery series would easily attract a wide range of readers.