Growing up, my mom was a huge Agatha Christie fan. In fact, she may have nearly every book she ever wrote in one form or another. So from an early age, I’ve been hooked on murder mystery books and, unfortunately, TV shows as well.
So when I was given the chance to review this book, I jumped at it. My only concern was whether or not it would be too “churchy”, like a lot of Christian fiction books end up. Now, I’m all for the gospel message being presented, but it can get in the way of its self sometimes and lose the readers. Night Watchman, by Mark Mynheir, was what I hoped it would be: a good mystery with likeable, identifiable characters and a strong gospel message that wasn’t over-bearing.
Ray Quinn, the main character and ex-detective, is working as a night watchman at a condo in Orlando when a murder-suicide is discovered in one of the rooms. The two victims are a local pastor and an exotic dancer, which obviously is going to make the news. Quinn, who has avoided any police work since he was shot and forced to retire, gets involved with the case when the dead pastor’s sister asks him to clear her brother’s name.
The author, Mynheir, does a great job of telling a story that is plausible, understandable and intriguing. This book is apparently the first in a series and I look forward to reading the others when they come out.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery. It will have you guessing right up to the last pages.
A detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Palm Bay Police Department, Mark Mynheir investigates violent crimes and writes riveting Christian fiction. A U.S. Marine with a passion for martial arts and firearms training, Mark has worked on narcotics units, SWAT teams, and myriad high-risk situations. His four novels offer a realistic glimpse into the gritty world of law enforcement and the rarely seen raw emotions behind the badge. Mark lives in Florida with his wife and three children.