A Part of the Pattern by L.L. Bartlett is the 7th book in the “Jeff Resnick’s Personal Files” mini-mystery series. Publisher: Polaris Press, coming September 18, 2017
Ex-insurance investigator Jeff Resnick finds himself drawn to solving crimes. His brother, Richard, thinks that could be the basis of a paying business. Reluctantly, Jeff agrees, and their first case is about a child who vanished more than two decades before. Meanwhile, Jeff bumps into an acquaintance whose history is very similar to that of the missing girl. Is it coincidence or is there a pattern that links him to her and his future?
In their latest adventure, Richard and Jeff have their first and only case and it is by happenstance that an acquaintance Jeff met years ago, plays heavily in this fast-paced short story. Fitting the pieces of the past and the present gives Jeff the ammunition he needs to solve this puzzle with an unexpected bonus in both his personal and professional life. I love this series and the author always grabs my attention with the narrative that keeps me engaged in this intriguing tale of confirmation. This is another great read and I look forward to more forays with R&A Insights.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.
Shattered Spirits by L.L. Bartlett is the 7th book in the “Jeff Resnick” mystery series. Publisher: Polaris Press, July 2016
If it weren’t for bad luck, Jeff Resnick would have no luck at all!
While riding his new racing bike, Jeff is hit by an SUV, an accident which has a cascade effect on his life. He loses his job to a replacement, his girlfriend pressures him to move in, his bank accounts are hacked, and a restless spirit begs for his help—all in less than a week. But it’s soon apparent that his so-called random accident is anything but, and the murder of a close friend has a hobbled Jeff on the run. Can he discover who’s out to destroy his life—and threaten those he loves most?
What a great set-up. A mugging. A murder. A death. A ghost. A destination. All intertwined in a complex story that gleams a mystifying tale of suspense and intrigue. An explosion of senses is exposed in this fast-paced drama that blew me out of the water with the narrative and actions of those involved. The innocence in how this case started, the fury from the past and the aftermath takes Jeff to a different level on the playing field. As usual, I enjoy my time spent with Jeff and his friends. This was a great read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this terrific series.