The Art Of Murder by J. S. Strange – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed. But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in. Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead. Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The Art of Murder is the second book in the Jordon Jenner cosy crime series and this was the novel I preferred. I had struggled to warm to Jordan in the first book, finding him a bit aloof but much of his vulnerability is explained in this book, especially with the bullying he received at school. I could see his loyalty, his dedication to finding answers and how much he liked helping others. I enjoyed seeing his friendships develop and as in book one his adoration of his cat Oscar.

The art world is something I know nothing about. The author convincingly showed the talent, the envy, bitterness and the wealth combined with greed which like many things destory what it touches. These were not characters I cared for, the world they lived in seemed fake and insincere.

Because this is cosy crime there wasn’t much detail about the murders. There was some intimidation but It was more about the effect on Jordan, his family and friends. How the sorrow and fear combined with suspicion of most who were known to the victim.

These books don’t need to be read in order, the previous case is mentioned but not in detail. If you want to see the character development though, I recommend it. I am looking forward to reading book three.

Murder On The Rocks by J. S. Strange – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

When PI Jordan Jenner returns to work following the death of his mother, his first case involves a murdered writer…

James Fairview has been killed. As a member of a prestigious writing group hosted by bestselling author Joseph Gordon in the heart of Cardiff, Jordan not only has to cope with solving the mystery, but also deal with press attention. 

As Jordan investigates, he discovers his mother’s death may not have been so simple. And when another writer is murdered, Jordan realises the killer could strike again… 

A murdered writer, a mysterious death, and a group with jealousy at its heart, this is Jenner’s toughest case yet.

A cosy murder mystery with a gay male detective, Murder on the Rocks is the first in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series. If you’re a fan of classic whodunits you will love this! 

A perfect read for those looking for Welsh crime fiction. 

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Murder On The Rocks is a cosy crime novel that takes place in Wales. The police do feature but most of the investigation is done by Jordan, a PI, who Vanessa the officer in charge uses a lot. It is his first case since the death of his estranged mother. 

Jordan is a bit of a loner, he isn’t that close to his family and can be slightly abrasive with people who try and get close to him. He does allow Vanessa to get nearer than most and you do start to see him get closer to Lloyd. He is besotted with his cat Oscar. I liked Oscar.

The case is a fascinating one and the group of wannabe authors, that was led by a published author who was not as successful as he used to be was completely believable. I could imagine very clearly that there are many groups like this. Especially where one potential author looks like they could be more successful than the rest. None of them were likeable. Just like a book featuring Hercule Poirot or a TV show like Death in Paradise the culprit could only be one of small group of people. I think I suspected everybody.

The personal side to the story is a strong one. Jordan’s relationship with his father improved throughout the novel, combined with more understanding of his mother’s life via them sorting through her belongings it made him a more likeable character

I would like to read more books featuring these characters, they interest me. Happily the ending suggests that there could be more.