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Evergreen (Willie Black Mysteries)

by Howard Owen

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The Willie Black mysteries by Howard Owen follow the trials and investigations of a modern-day crime reporter in a world where newspapers fail and the internet fails to support jobs. But these novels are far more than just crime mysteries. They also follow the life of a character so believable that, when he falls in love (again) you really want it to last, and as he ages, you wish he and his family might thrive. The next book becomes a must-read just to know how this believably determined character progresses.

Now happily married and pleasingly committed to protecting his friends and family, Willie Black is faced with another mystery—who was his father, and why was he always absent from his life? The overgrown cemetery of Evergreen’s title is an apt metaphor for past lives hidden and forgotten, mysteries buried in the weeds of secrets and lies, uncovered by the care of an occasional loving hand. But not all hands are loving, and not all memories are properly stored by aging antagonists. Still, Willie’s not one to drop the trail just because it’s inconvenient. And he will never let go once he or his loved ones feel threatened.

Local history, family trials, and the past of previous novels are woven very naturally into this mystery, providing satisfaction for a regular reader of the series and plenty to entice new readers. Characters and places are drawn with fascinating detail. The protagonist’s voice is natural and convincing. Dialog has depth and humor. And the world of reporting is drawn with wholly believable cynicism and honesty—as are the worlds of prejudice, violence and loss. There’s even love as well, and a redeeming lightness to the story’s sad themes that blends perfectly with the protagonist’s honest search and heartfelt loyalties.

I’ve read lots of Howard Owen’s mysteries and I suspect I believe each new one to be the best. This one’s no exception but the truth is, I really enjoy the character, I’m drawn through him to the place and urban history), I’m fascinated by the people and mysteries, and I love the whole series.

Disclosure: I was given a preview edition and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | May 13, 2019 |
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