I had read a book by Matthew a while back called Roses in December and it was a collection of chilling short stories which I really enjoyed. This time, he sent me his book The Worst Dogs which was a murder mystery book and here is what I thought about it.
Synopsis: In the Maritimes of Canada, a series of murders have baffled the police force in the small town of Feckless Bay. Enter Detective Sergeant Natalya Stone, an African American detective – originally from Chicago – currently working for the Provincial Police. She quickly discovers that these violent murders are most likely by the same perpetrator – and are, most likely, hate crimes.
“Murder is not an entertainment,” she quips to Zev Arendt, a young local Detective Constable, whom she has taken under her wing to assist her in solving the hate crimes. They encounter dead end after dead end, and weeks go by with no leads. Finally, based on her experience and intuition, and with the skills that Zev has acquired from his mentor, they find exactly what they are looking for: hiding – in plain sight. “The Worst Dogs” is a literary Murder Mystery like no other.
I enjoyed that this book was set in the Maritimes of Canada even if it was a fictional town because I have travelled there many times which made it very easy to imagine the different settings of the book.
The book dealt with a lot of racism that the main protagonist faced and I was so frustrated with what they were having to go through. It was maddening reading how they were being treated and I wanted to rage at the injustice of it.
The murder mystery aspect was decent although I did find it pretty easy to solve (from the reader’s perspective). As the plot went on, all the pieces seemed to fall into place very conveniently.
Overall, it was a quick read and I would definitely pick up more from this author.
Book Rating: 3/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author in physical format to read and give an honest review.
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