Author – Clark G. Haberman
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
213 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 4/21/2018
No. 17 - 2018
My Impressions: Unrealistic, too wordy, not thrilling, too many characters-30.
C. J. Hand – Go to guy- ex D.O.J. investigator, college instructor. A hunk every woman wants for sex.
Dee Brown – CJ's girlfriend, drop dead gorgeous.
Dr. Tom Thies – D.O.J. agent and C.J.s good friend.
Dr. Trisha Baker – D.O.J. agent, another intelligent beauty.
Dr. Rebecca Grost – Disappered –
Dr. Gerrit Van de Lueve – Died the same day Dr. Grost disappeared
At Loess Hills Community College in Iowa, one professor dies and another disappears. One year later, there is reason to believe Dr. Rebecca Grost is alive. An investigative team is sent to search for her. The story revolves around a local plant that may be valuable to pharmaceutical companies to cure cancer.
The antagonist is a psychopath/assassin who, for vague reasons, hates Dr. Grost and doesn't want her research completed. I found it unrealistic that the filthy antagonist with skin turned hard and scaly and long fingernails sharpened like knives could exist for over a year in a business setting that would require frequent outside supplies and services. Surely, he would have been noticed and brought to the attention of the local Sheriff's office as a weirdo character worth watching. How could this reptilian looking creature even go to the grocery store without creating chaos?
The ending was vague with only hints that powerful background perpetrators would receive just penalties.
This is a story for readers who will accept every sentence without questioning how was that possible.
The story impressed me as more of a Cozy Mystery that a standard MST book. Details and relationships outside the main story were abundant and constituted filler. It detracted from the main thrust of the plot and caused me to lose interest.
Editing of Mill Creek Malice is lacking. There are too many missing, extra, misspelled, and wrong words used, in addition to missing commas.
Character development is good for the central characters – There are a total of thirty characters; by mid story I lost track of who they were and their roles.
As for details, where did metal cages with bars to house humans come from? You don't just call your local metal fabricator to come and build prison style cages without rumors flying and the Sheriff being notified.
There is some cursing and frequent sexual innuendo but no graphic sex. The sexual banter got tiring and detracted from the central plot.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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