Enigma by Lloyd A Meeker

Enigma_100dpi_cvr-210x330Who’s blackmailing the high-profile televangelist whose son was famously cured of his homosexuality fifteen years ago? Now in 2009, that ought to be ancient history.

It seems there’s no secret to protect, no crime, not even a clear demand for money—just four threatening letters using old Enigma songs from the 90′s. But they’ve got Reverend Howard Richardson spooked.

Proudly fifty and unhappily single, gay PI Russ Morgan has made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty.

Buy link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

I was excited to about this book after reading the blurb. I love a good mystery, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is told by Russ Morgan, he’s a private investigator who’s also an empath who can read auras. He can sense lies, truths and the persons feelings, very helpful in his line of work. He has a real no nonsense attitude and doesn’t take crap from people. I really enjoyed him.

The bulk of this story centers around the mystery. We follow Russ when finding clues and sit in on the interviews he has with people involved in the case. The writing style of the author comes in to play as the story was very fast paced but doesn’t feel rushed. He puts the reader right in the middle of the investigation with Russ, and I enjoyed being privy to the clues right along with him. The mystery itself wasn’t hard to figure out, but what made it so interesting were the characters involved. They were definitely a colorful bunch, but they were no match for our Russ.

I really loved Russ being fifty. Most of the characters we read about in this genre are much younger, it was a nice change of pace to have an older MC. I also loved how Russ was a bit mysterious himself. We know he’s been sober for fifteen years and he lost the love of his life to the bottle, but that’s it. I’m sure we’ll find out more about him as this series continues, so I’m definitely okay with knowing what we know about Russ thus far.

Let me just say, the one character that really stood out to me was Colin. He’s an assistant to the man who hired Russ, and we know his inner thoughts about this young man too. It wasn’t all PG rated! He’s also trying to figure out through the entire story if this guy is flirting with him or just clueless. It was quite funny. I’m hoping we see more of Colin as the series goes on.

There was a line in this story that really jumped out at me, I found it to be very poignant, “It’s sad, in a way, how the body can remember the pain of darkness long after the soul has found the light switch.”

Highly recommend this book to everyone.

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