I sincerely hope after reading Murder on the Mind by L. L. Bartlett that I've just witnessed the birth of a new mystery series and in fact have no trouble envisioning this as a pilot for a new TV drama series. This well-written novel features widower Jeffrey Resnick, a down-on-his-luck, out-of-work insurance investigator. On the eve of starting a new job and turning his life around, Jeffrey becomes just another New York statistic - a victim of a violent, senseless mugging that leaves him battered and brain damaged. He has little choice but to follow his wealthy older half- brother, Dr. Richard Alpert, home to Buffalo in order to recuperate and try to put the pieces of his shattered life back together.
Just prior to the mugging, but especially afterwards, Jeffrey starts to have strange dreams that seem to correspond to a local murder. Unsure of how to impart his unusual "knowledge" of the crime to the police without appearing crazy or guilty, Jeffrey, with a little help from Richard, decides to look into the murder himself. What follows is exciting and action packed. I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished. I loved the ending, especially since it leaves an opening for more of Jeffrey Resnick et al. in the future. I'm keeping my fingers crossedâ¦
I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were all presented well and story line was easy to follow and was a quick read. I started the book and got busy so the other day when I picked it up again I started over and read the whole thing in an afternoon. Good book.
AFter a mugging in Manhattan leaves him with a broken arm and fractured skull, insurance investigator Jeff Resnick starts having dark dreams about murder. Are they just the nightmares of a traumatized brain or has this injury left him with a sixth sense - an ability to see murder before it happens. Jeff attempts to solve the murder of a local banker before the killer darkens Jeff's visions permanently.