Written in Blood – Layton Green

Happy belated release day!

Thanks to Seventh Street Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Layton Green (out yesterday!)

Check back later for the collective #CJSReads2017 thoughts on this one 🙂


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

A murder mystery where book references are involved – what more could a crime fiction reader want? WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Layton Green uses references from well known novels as the center in the murder of a bookstore owner. Can Detective Joe Everson solve the mystery before he’s next?

Leaving his career as a homicide detective in Atlanta, Detective Joe “Preach” Everson is returning to his hometown in North Carolina. He has to leave behind his successful career after he suffered from a mental breakdown during an investigation trying to find a serial killer that was targeting children. Shortly after he arrives back to Creekville, the local bookstore owner is brutally murdered. This is the first murder in nearly a decade for this small, quiet community. Preach is assigned to the case and as he begins his investigation, he realizes that the bookstore owner was murdered the same way that the pawnbroker was in CRIME AND PUNISHMENT.

He enlists the help of a law student (and book lover), Ariana Hale. As the investigation progresses, another body turns up, and this time the murder is reminiscent of an Edgar Allen Poe scene. With an educated, literate, and devious killer on the loose, Ariana and Preach begin to realize that they are becoming the next targets.

As some know, I’m a big fan of the hard boiled crime and the more old school crime, well Layton Green definitely captured that tone throughout the novel. The book references in the murder scenes were great, it’s always fun seeing literature incorporated into crimes and mysteries. The characters were well-developed and you can really connect to the relationship between Preach and Ariana. Their interactions felt genuine. I think that it kept a good pacing throughout the novel and Green keeps the readers’ attention with the progression of the investigation. I wouldn’t say that the ending was a predictable one (sometimes in this genre the endings can be seen a mile away).

Overall, if you want a good mystery novel with a side of book references, then this is one that needs to be on your list!



Are there any murder mysteries you like that are centered on books?




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