Within Plain Sight
Bruce Robert Coffin
Portland ME is supposed to be a quiet place, but tonight was going to be the exception. The discovery of a decapitated body of a young woman was upsetting to more than one police officer. Tracking down the person responsible for the crime would mean working with the city’s homeless and poorest as well as it’s most powerful and well-to-do. Portland Police Detective John Byron would have a busy two weeks tracking down clues and suspects - so the right people would end up in jail and the innocent would be free - not an easy task.
Not a cozy mystery, more like Criminal Minds than a Hallmark mystery, the book is a well-written and tightly integrated mystery worth time spent reading. There were nights I really wanted to continue reading, but sleep and other responsibilities called. On the other hand. There were nights I chose to read rather than worry about tomorrow.
It is the fourth in a series of books featuring Detective John Byron, though that was not revealed until reading the “Acknowledgments” at the very rear of the book - though reading previous books in the series may have added to better understanding some characters, this reader felt like nothing was missed by not reading the earlier books. Instead, knowing that there are more books provided an invitation to discover the characters’ earlier history. A great read for the lover of crime mysteries and it would easily find a place on the shelf of most public libraries.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.