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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
Murder in the Marshland is a mystery by Donald Steven Collins. Mookie Thompson’s body was found in the swamps on Brookville Boulevard with a bullet in the back of his head. In his pocket were two pages filled with numbers, letters, hieroglyphics, and strange signs. Nobody can decipher the codes, and Mookie’s mother believes these papers just contain gibberish because he could not read. Five years later the case is handed over to Steve Danski and Gregory Litchfield from the Cold Case Squad. They interview people and they learn that there was another side of Mookie; this Mookie used to run drugs and guns from Florida to New York. As soon as Steve and Gregory think they are getting somewhere with the investigation, they are back to square one. Through thorough detective work, they begin to make progress and it looks like they might have their killer.
Murder in the Marshland is complicated and exciting. Donald Steven Collins took me on a rollercoaster ride into the criminal world. There is enough action to get your attention and I was intrigued from the beginning until the end. The story is fast-paced, but never felt rushed. With all the twists and turns, I never knew what to expect next. It was a nail-biting experience and I could not turn the pages fast enough. The characters were well-developed and robust. They were skillfully handled, authentic, and easy to relate to. The book was unpredictable, and the events blew my mind; there was always a surprise around the corner. It was exceptionally well written and executed and managed to exceed my expectations.