Sunday, April 13, 2008


White-Metal Murders
J. Bruce Monson

Outskirt Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1432715402
ISBN-13: 9781432715403
Format: Paperback, 244pp
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Pub. Date: December 2007

5.5 x 8.5 Paperback $14.95
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Reviewed by Maria Gouna

Very Highly Recommended

J. Bruce Monson is the author of “The Scorpion Sapphire”; “All the Marbles”; “Crimson Ice, Sugar and Spice” which are Action/Adventure novels and “A 'Roo Rat's Tale” which is a children's book. Mr. Monson has been confined to a respiratory hospital for 12 years with complications due to muscular dystrophy. He uses a mouth-stick to type and/or voice recognition software. His books are movies in his mind described in great detail by his unique, and clever imagination. White-Metal Murders is his first murder mystery.

“White-Metal Murders” is about Max Gumpers a man who wakes up next to a gorgeous young woman but can’t remember her or anything at all of his life. As a result of his amnesia he has to find out who he really is; who this woman is and how he ended up at her place. As it turns out, Gumpers is a private eye investigating two murders that of Douglas Roosevelt Jr., the President of the Roosevelt Mint that produces car models and that of Dieter Mastaff, the Production Manager. Are the two murders connected and how? Who is the woman wearing a lilac perfume and having deep-red toenails and why does she keep banging him on the head every time he finds a new clue? Things become even more complicated when Gumpers discovers a map with X-es numbered from 1 to 23 hidden in his shoe heel. What he can’t figure out is how the map got there. Will he be able to nose out what the X-es stand for and why they are numbered? After a lot of adventures he unearths that at least one of the murders has to do with drug smuggling. Will Dale Frescott, a young detective, help him solve the case and if so will the perpetrators be caught?

The book is divided into 30 chapters, it is written in a simple style that can be read easily by everyone and it caters to readers who love murder mysteries and adventures. It is a well-crafted story with lots of unexpected events as well as funny turns that will entertain and amuse even the most fastidious readers. Furthermore, the descriptions of the scenes taking place are so detailed, vivid and colourful that the reader will not get bored or tired till the very last line of the novel. I definitely recommend it to murder-mystery and adventure lovers.

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