Thursday, February 4, 2016

Direct Hit: The Blitz Detective Book 1 By Mike Hollow

I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

The jagged blast of high explosives rips through the evening air. In the sky over East London the searchlights criss-cross in search of the enemy.

On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham. Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as local Justice of the Peace Charles Villiers. But then a German bomb obliterates all evidence.

Villiers, not a popular man, was both powerful and feared. As the sirens wail, the detective must start matching motive to opportunity – and it doesn’t help when his boss foists an intrusive American journalist on him.

Jago soon discovers the dead man held many secrets, some reaching back to World War I. A lot of people wished Villiers dead – and an air raid is a good time to conceal a murder.

My Thoughts: 

Direct Hit is the first book in Debut Author, Mike Hollow's series, The Blitz detective and it is very good. As a huge fan of Christian Historical Fiction and debut authors, this book fit great! Mike Hollow writes with authority about England during WWII, police procedures during this time in England, journalism/writing in USA and England during WWII, and life/events during WWI. From the start this book grabbed a hold of me and kept my interest all the way until the end. Mike Hollow definitely kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, twists and turns that kept me surprised until the end.  I really enjoyed how Mike Hollow wove together fact and fiction throughout this book. I found myself learning more about WWI and WWII in this book. I love learning more about these times in our world's history. I found the characters well written and very real, especially Detective John Jago. He is a complicated character with his own struggles both personal and professional. I found his process of solving crimes very interesting and I enjoyed learning about him. As I stated above this book really did grab a hold of me from the start, all the way through the end. I loved the twists and turns. As I read this book, I really felt like I was there with Detective Inspector John Jago watching him investigate and solve the murder. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Mystery Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series! I give this book 4 STARS.

***I would like to apologize to Mike Hollow and Kregel Publications for the lateness of this review.***

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