Author J. Mark Bertrand was a teenage detective. “Perhaps ‘apprentice’ is a better word,” he says on his blog. “My duties mainly involved hanging out with a private eye and serving as a willing audience for his many stories. There was some surveillance, too, which was a lot like storytelling, only the stories were told while sitting in a car watching an apparently empty house.” Bertrand evidently took notes as his Roland March mystery series features a homicide detective. In Back on Murder, March is given the chance to redeem his career, and in the just-released sequel Pattern of Wounds, he’s crossing the line. Again.

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About The Author

J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota.