Friday, July 15, 2011

CFBA Presents "Pattern Of Wounds" by J. Mark Bertrand, I'm a really weird book geek. When I received my copy of "Pattern Of Wounds" from my friends at Bethany House, I read the first two chapters and THEN chose to go back and re-read "Back on Murder"....I wanted the whole 'Roland March' experience!

THAT is how much I love Mark's books. I rarely re-read a series from start to finish, but I've done it with Neta Jackson's "Yada-Yada" books, and I do it with Steven James "Patrick Bowers" novels...not to remember things, although that is a great reason...

...but because I want to savor the writing, extend the reading experience, and delay my angst at waiting for another new story to hit my shelves. Yuppers, THAT is how good J. Mark Bertrand is. Genuine, gritty detective tone, engaging characters, rich plot twists, and satisfying endings...guaranteed good reads.

Be watching for my full review, and don't forget to get a copy of his first novel, "Back on Murder", also available from Bethany House!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pattern of Wounds
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
J. Mark Bertrand


J. Mark Bertrand lived in Houston, where the series is set, for fifteen years, earning an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. But after one hurricane too many he relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of one hung jury and served on another that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.


It's Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman's brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat -- or did March convict the wrong man?

Alienated from his colleagues and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pattern of Wounds, go HERE.

Happy Reading!



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