MURDER, MAYHEM, & MYSTICISM

MoonMusicCoverThis book follows the lives and loves of police detectives, casino bosses, hookers, and medical examiners in Las Vegas, Nevada. Toss in some mystery, murder, and mayhem with some cannibalism and shape-shifting, and Faye Kellerman’s Moon Music (Paperback) is a compelling read.

I definitely welcomed the opportunity to check out this book of Kellerman’s that I had missed along the way.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the ending–which I will not divulge for fear of creating a “spoiler”–was how there was still just a hint of mystery that hovered over the characters, especially for one primary character, Romulus Poe. There was a lingering cloud of doubt about the actual events that had transpired.

Suffice it to say, there is plenty of crime scene stuff to satisfy those who enjoy that aspect of solving murders. And the character “Rom” treated us to various theories along the way, even some of which sounded totally “out there” to other detectives on the force.

Add in a little mysticism, set against a historic backdrop of atomic bomb testing sites in the area–all yield interesting twists to this tale of horrific homicides.

Some of Kellerman’s more recent novels, especially those dealing with the rituals of the Jewish faith, are more to my liking. I do not actually enjoy the shape-shifting and cannibalistic aspects of a story, although there are plenty of people out there who do.

So for me, I would give the book four stars…for others, the rating might be higher.

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