Friday, 30 August 2013

Murder by Moonlight by Vincent Zandri #PI #Mystery

It's back to reviews this week on bookaholics. This time I'm bringing you a cracker of a PI Murder Mystery. There are plenty of bodies and enough blood and gore to keep the most ardent of crime fans happy.

Dick Moonlight is a private eye, with a dodgy past and a bullet lodged in his brain. One which came from a gun where the trigger was pulled by his own hand. Despite this he still makes a living as a detective. In this latest case he is asked to clear a young man who is on death row for killing his father and leaving his mother close to death. The mother believes her son to be innocent and calls on Dick Moonlight for help. Moonlight is a tortured character who has medical problems due to that stubbornly placed bullet. Despite this I found him to be loveable and I just wanted to take care of him. This may be the nurse in me coming out, however, the fact remains he is a very real character. In this book Vincent Zandri has gathered an eclectic group of characters and weaved them together to develop an entertaining story. Some of the characters are truly maniacal.

Zandri has an earthy way of writing which supports the nature of the storyline in every way. There are twists and turns aplenty and I did not guess the ending. Once the perpetrator was revealed I could see the clues were staring me in the face. They are scattered throughout the book and yet done in such a skilful way that does not give the game away.

The only thing I would say about this book is that it pulls no punches when describing the murders. If you are of a nervous disposition or like more gentle crimes then this is probably not the book for you.

This is a well written and entertaining PI Mystery which I would highly recommend. This is the first of Zandri's books I have read. It certainly won't be the last.

That's it for another week. It's the weekend so why not grab this book and start reading. For my US readers I am only allowed to post paperbacks for the US but it is also available in ebook and is much cheaper. See you all again soon on bookaholics.


  1. you know I've never actually read a murder mystery -- I think I have this deep seated fear that frankly I won't be able to figure out who done it. Kind of like I always felt stupid at that Trivial Pursuit game...

    1. Sandra, I can never figure out who done it and I write murder mysteries. Grab yourself a murder mystery and just enjoy the surprise when the murderer is revealed in the end. That's the best part.