The protagonist, Jake Martin, is called upon to help his family in time of need — his sister Megan’s husband is dead and the circumstances are suspicious; if the mystery of his death is not solved, she stands to lose everything.
Jake, or “Porky” as Megan calls him, is not a detective. He’s a software-engineer-turned-handyman and aspiring novelist, and nearly flat-broke. But he has two things on his side: the smarts of a hacker and a trusty sidekick, “Fred,” an adorable golden retriever that’s as charming a character as Watson ever was.
Jake and Fred, leave their retreat in Colorado to be with the family in Missouri, where the locals are quirky and colorful (and sometimes toothless) and the family dynamic even more quirky and colorful (and endearing). When not searching for clues, they spend their days drinking beer, flirtin’ with the ladies and eating McDonalds … as bachelor pals are wont to do. Behind all of the Keystones and pink slime is an unassuming hero; a generous and sweet man, brother, dog owner.
The characters are well-developed and the plot is fast and fun with plenty of humor and exciting twists and turns along the way. A very satisfying summer read, most especially if you’re a mystery fan. I look forward to reading more from Houston. (Rumor has it the sequel is in the works!)
But wait, there’s more! Mr. Houston has been kind enough to do an interview with Launch the Book. As a self-published author, he’s experimented with various methods for marketing his book and has learned many lessons along the way. In part 2 of this month’s Indie Spotlight, I’ll share his advice and the methods he used to help get A View to Die For at the top of Amazon’s mystery list. So be sure to come back tomorrow for part 2 and the announcement of August’s Indie Spotlight selection!