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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Lovestruck Detective: A Big Muddy Mystery is a work of classic murder mystery fiction with a modern romantic twist, penned by author M. C. Anderson. This mystery begins, like most, with a body, and in this case, it’s a gay African-American man who happened to be the owner of an antique store in the hometown of environmentalist Jack Archer. Jack discovers the body and is soon asked if he will consult on the investigation by an older woman, a divorced lawyer. What follows is a series of twists and turns to solve the murder itself, but also a unique romance which develops between an unconventional pairing.
Author M. C. Anderson knows how to write really compelling mystery plots, but couples them with an intelligent eye for modern social behaviors and new, less conventional character types. Everyone in this town is well fleshed out to give a diverse view that takes us from backwaters right through to wealthy elites, and across all creeds and colors. Jack is a central anchor to the plot, and readers can grow and learn alongside him as he gets embroiled in a case that may be bigger than he can really handle. His romantic journey is also interesting and emotive, well connected to the situation he’s in, and his dialogue and actions really inform the sensitivity of the character without too much explicit use of feelings. Overall, The Lovestruck Detective is an intelligent but accessible mystery novel from a talented writer, one which is sure to surprise and delight its fans.