Shadow in the Sandpit

A Bradley Whitman novel

Fiction - Crime
340 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2022
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Author Biography

You can’t always plan where life will take you. That is certainly true for Christine Noyes. Growing up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts as a tomboy, she spent her youth building forts, playing sports and enjoying the perceived innocence of the 1960’s.

Not having a clear vision of what her life should be, she went where she was most comfortable, to the kitchen. Beginning her work life as a cook at her grandfather’s restaurant at the age of eleven, she spent the next several decades re-inventing herself, becoming an accomplished chef, a sales representative, an entrepreneur, and now a writer and illustrator. She never chose her professions, they chose her.

She married her husband and soulmate, Al, in 1989. They moved to Orange, Massachusetts where, after Al’s passing, Chris remains today with thirty years of wonderful memories to keep her company.

When not at her keyboard, she can be found in her kitchen: back to her roots and love of cooking.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

I loved Shadow in the Sandpit. The hero of the book is Bradley Whitman, an FBI analyst. His legs have been paralyzed since he was six years old but though he is wheelchair-bound, he manages to get around, solve crimes, and get himself into a lot of dangerous situations. His FBI boss and lifelong friend Derek Richards has a hard time trying to keep him alive and safe. When he is about to be shot in an alley, a Doberman flies out of the air from nowhere and saves Bradley. Bradley immediately bonds with Rusty, his new and faithful pet and companion. When there is a murder of a homeless woman behind Bradley’s home, in the sandpit where the homeless are set up, he meets Zayt who will quickly become a great friend and protector. Bradley is working on gathering information for several different cases--a murder, a money-laundering situation, and a land-buying scheme to open a casino--and finds that they are all really one case linked together. Bradley will not stop until he finds the answers, even if it means a stay in the hospital and a six-month suspension from his job to solve the crime.

Shadow in the Sandpit has all the elements for a great crime and mystery novel. Plot twists and turns make it impossible to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. It was hard to put the book down and not stay up late into the night reading. Christine Noyes has created Bradley Whitman, a man impossible not to like, with a strong and powerful personality, along with a host of other characters who complement each other perfectly. If you like a strong leading man, a crime that will pull you in from the first page to the last, and a plot with twists, turns, excitement, danger, and more, then Shadow in the Sandpit should be immediately placed on the very top of your reading list.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Shadow in the Sandpit by Christine Noyes is part of the Bradley Whitman series and the sequel to A Picture of Pretense. When FBI analyst Bradley Whitman finds a dog with a strange message attached to its collar, he goes on the hunt for the murderer of a homeless woman. His investigation takes him deep into an abandoned sandpit to find the answers to his questions - who would want this woman dead and where did the message come from? Whitman teams up with his boss and friend, Special Agent Derek Richards, to try to solve the case but wheelchair-bound Whitman discovers that not everywhere is accessible, testing him to the limits. This case may just be the one that lets Whitman know he can't save everyone.

Shadow in the Sandpit by Christine Noyes is the second book in the Bradley Whitman series but although I didn’t read the first one, I felt that this worked as a standalone story. The main protagonist is a wheelchair-bound FBI agent, showing us that physical disabilities and limitations need not slow us down or stop us from doing what we want. This story grabbed me from the first page, dragging me down into the dark depths as we follow Whitman and Richards on their investigation. With plenty of action, this story has many twists, keeping you on your toes and guessing all the way through. The characters are exceptionally well-developed and you feel as if you know them intimately by the end of the story. The plot is unique and thrilling, and I highly recommend Christine Noyes as a must-read author.

Rabia Tanveer

Shadow in the Sandpit: A Bradley Whitman novel by Christine Noyes is a murder mystery novel with intense action and plenty of drama. FBI Analyst Bradley Whitman was bound to a wheelchair because of his physical disability, but that did not stop him from doing his job. He took pride in his work and his work ethic. So, when Bradley found a strange message attached to the collar of a dog, Bradley knew something fishy was up. He wasn’t expecting to find the murdered remains of a homeless woman in an abandoned sandpit. Joined by his trusted friend Special Agent Derek Richards, Bradley investigates who the woman was and why she was brutally murdered. Even with Derek by his side, Bradley knew things would not be easy. The case was difficult, but Bradley was ready to give it his all. He may want to save the world, but Bradley knew some things could never be saved.

Shadow in the Sandpit proved to be an all-rounder. The story had an intense plot, a mysterious case, a strong protagonist with a trusted sidekick/friend, and a solid plan. You hardly come across such literary masterpieces that consume you from the moment you pick the novel up. Author Christine Noyes gave me modern Agatha Christie vibes with the intensity of the plot and the hard-to-guess mystery. Bradley had a witty charm to him; he was intelligent and surprisingly fast at solving puzzles that I had to think twice about before reading on. Detective stories are either over the top these days or they are far too complicated to understand. Not this one though. This novel was perfect in every sense of the word.