Vengeance in the Wind

Wind Series Book 6

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
250 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Vengeance in the Wind is the sixth installment in the Wind Series by Judy Bruce, a compelling read and an irresistible treat for fans of murder and mystery. Megan Docket is a passionate young attorney who helps her friends in their exploration of a haunted house, but things go south when a murder happens there. People get accused falsely and she wants to protect them. She needs to expose the killer. But she is putting herself into far more danger than she’d envisioned. Her mom and members of her staff are captured and held hostage. Now she must work a plan to release them, and this is more dangerous than anything. Can she pull it off without getting hurt and without putting any of her loved ones in danger?

A novel with a cunning plot and sophisticated characters told in the first person narrative and in a voice that absorbs the reader from the very opening. The protagonist, Megan, is a well-developed character with deep layers of personality. I loved the way images meld with the action. The prose is exquisite and has a unique musical character, the kind of expression the reader loves because of the aptness when it comes to the choice of word and the natural feel of the dialogues. Vengeance in the Wind is fast-paced and emotionally intense. We follow a strong character that is hemmed in from all sides, finding herself in the middle of a powerful conflict and having to deal with the fact that the well-being of loved ones depends on each step she makes. It is suspenseful and psychologically rich.

K.C. Finn

Vengeance in the Wind is a work of tense murder mystery and atmospheric fiction, penned by author Judy Bruce. Written as book six in the Wind Series, this short but satisfying novel is sure to grip readers with its tense narrative and intriguing mystery in a haunted house. The plot follows a young woman by the name of Megan Dockett, an attorney who has already been through several cases of murder and trauma in her life so far. Following her trip to a Native American reservation, she tries to return to normality, only to find more death on the doorstep. What follows is a thrilling investigation and hostage drama that will test poor Megan yet again.

Despite not having read any of the previous mysteries in the series, it was really easy for me to get into the groove of author Judy Bruce’s Wind Series. Megan is an instantly relatable central heroine, strong but vulnerable, and clearly affected by the traumas which haunted her recent past, but also skillful and aware because of them. The narrative explained a little of the backstory, certainly enough to remind readers of the plot and allow newcomers to step into the action, and once the mystery is off and rolling, there’s lots to uncover. The atmosphere is a big plus, with excellent descriptions of events and scenes that make you feel as though you’re living in the moment with Megan when she uncovers the plots and clues that will lead her to rescue and the truth. Overall, Vengeance in the Wind is an excellent addition to what is sure to be an enthralling mystery series.

Grant Leishman

In author Judy Bruce’s Wind Series, Megan Docket is a young, small-town, rural lawyer, who inherited the family law firm from her late father and who seems to attract trouble and mystery wherever she goes. In this latest offering, (Book 6) Vengeance in the Wind, readers find Megan visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. By the time she leaves to return home she has been the subject of an attempted attack and has semi-adopted a young native American, whom she plans to help find his way in life and suitable employment back in her home town. Whilst helping the neighbors set up a “haunted house” run for the locals, as part of Halloween celebrations, two murders occur and Megan and her husband find themselves in the middle of a mystery and a dangerous vendetta that will put them, their family and their friends at risk. With Megan’s special intuition about evil and danger, can she solve the mystery killings before she or her loved ones are caught up in the mayhem?

Vengeance in the Wind is an action-packed, mystery adventure with a strong female lead in Megan Docket. Author Judy Bruce has done a fine job of painting a picture of this diminutive, yet feisty and determined young lawyer who takes no bull from anyone and is certain of one thing – when she and her friends are threatened, she will back down to no one. I particularly liked that Megan’s “superpower” – her sense of evil and impending danger - was played so subtly. I thought the author got the balance perfectly right in ascribing this unknown “gift” to Megan. I appreciate an author who drops in subtle hints as to the backstory that may exist in previous books, allowing the reader to understand why certain decisions were taken or certain situations developed. If you like fast-paced mysteries with an ensemble cast of characters and a “kick-ass” female lead, this series could well be for you.

Astrid Iustulin

It may happen that murders are the first step to discovering mysteries and connections that otherwise would remain hidden. In Judy Bruce’s novel Vengeance in the Wind, this is truer than ever. When a man is found dead in the haunted house designed by Megan Docket and her friends, she needs to investigate further to discover the truth. As it turns out, this murder is only the first of many events and discoveries that will lead to an unexpected development. Even the persons Megan loves the most will be involved, so she needs to solve the mystery quickly. Will she be up to the task? There is only one way to find out.

Vengeance in the Wind is a marvelous novel where suspense, doubts, and even some action blend perfectly. The idea to set the murder in a haunted house creates the right atmosphere. Moreover, the constant reference to “darkness” – and all its implications – adds interest to the story. I like how Bruce presents the facts and how her heroine discovers the truth. The clear reasoning of the characters helps readers recreate the events. Readers will also take Megan’s investigation to heart and will feel they are part of an investigation team. This happened to me, too. I think that Vengeance in the Wind is more than a well-written thriller where the ending meets readers’ expectations. It is one of those books where you discover the pleasure of reflecting on the events by yourself. I am sure every lover of mysteries will enjoy this book as much as I did.

Kimberlee J Benart

Vengeance in the Wind: Wind Series Book 6 is a murder mystery by Judy Bruce. It continues the thrilling and at times deadly adventures of Megan Docket, a thirty-year-old lawyer who possesses the ability to feel or sense the approach of danger. After a visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, she and her husband, a state trooper, return to their home in Nebraska bringing with them Nate, a young Lakota man who helped in an earlier criminal incident as an FBI informant. When a man is murdered in a community-sponsored haunted house in which Megan and Nate are volunteering, and Nate is later incriminated by planted evidence, Megan must put her best investigative foot forward to identify the real murderer even though it means danger to herself and those she loves.

In Vengeance in the Wind, Bruce gives us a complex protagonist in Megan Docket and an action-packed plot filled with twists and turns along the way. Although part of a series, it easily stands alone. References to past tragedies and trauma in Megan’s life are sufficiently addressed and only serve to make the reader curious to know more. The narrative is told from Megan’s point of view which gives the reader full insight into her thoughts, feelings, and actions. It moves at a good pace and is descriptive and emotionally evocative. Though she sometimes experiences almost debilitating episodes of foreboding, Megan is one tough and courageous woman who doesn’t hesitate when protecting herself and others from bad guys. An entertaining read.