Jack of Hearts – Christopher Greyson

Comedy and murder mysteries/thrillers have been joining forces for a few books this year! I’ve been really enjoying this combination. First TEN DEAD COMEDIANS then THE DRIVER, and now JACK OF HEARTS by Christopher Greyson (out now!)

Big thanks to Netgalley and the author, Christopher Greyson, for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

Do you like your thrillers with a side of comedy? Well, if you do, then Christopher Greyson’s JACK OF HEARTS is the novel for you. Book 7 in the Jack Stratton series, but it does read well as a standalone.  However, I think the relationships between the characters (and more of Jack’s background) would be fun to learn more about from previous novels.

Jack Stratton, former police detective, is heading south to Florida with his girlfriend, Alice, and unfortunately they’re giant King Shepard, Lady. Not only does he have to deal with the stress of introducing Alice to his parents, but he’s also anxiously waiting for her response to his marriage proposal. While visiting, his mother her neighborhood book club members ask for his expertise in catching a thief known as the “Orange Blossom Cove Bandit”. His crime? He’s been stealing the garden gnomes in the retirement community – and their peace of mind.

What seemed like an easy case to solve, has now taken a deadly turn. Jack now finds himself trying to catch a killer all while keeping his family safe, dealing with a disgruntled dog, nosy book club members, AND trying to win the hand of Alice. Will he be able to do it all and not have his heart broken?

This book definitely had a lot going on. That being said, it wasn’t a bad thing. It didn’t feel too cluttered as you were reading it. Sometimes authors try to pack too much into a story or plot and they lose the reader, but that’s not the case with JACK OF HEARTS. Even though I’m behind a few books in this series, Greyson does a great job still developing the characters. If you aren’t a fan of humor with your murder mysteries, then you’ll probably want to keep moving. After reading a couple of these genre hybrids (TEN DEAD COMEDIANS and THE DRIVER) I’ve come to really enjoy them!

So, if you want a good murder mystery and comedy combined, then I’d highly recommend picking up JACK OF HEARTS, or any of the Jack Stratton series.

Has anyone read any of the Jack Stratton series? I’m thinking it’s definitely one I’ll try to make time for later in the year.

–Jess

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