In the second of the Roland March Mystery series, Nothing to Hide, by J Mark Bertrand, loses me quickly. There is no requirement to read the previous novel, and this one takes off into the grittiness that characterizes Bertrand’s work. However, the plot holds together loosely, and I am left wondering why it took me so long to finish it. March investigates a headless corpse in Houston with ties to the Mexican cartel, and links to his own past. Everyone has something to hide…. I still like the character of March, the tough homicide detective with characteristic troubled past, yet he is less engaging than in the previous novel.
Still, the attempt is worth praise for the unusual addition to Bethany House Publishing, and I encourage Bertrand to continue.
My spotless advance copy was provided me in return for my honest review for Bethany House Publishing.