Monday, February 18, 2013

My 3 Favorite M’s Maniacal, Meticulous, Murderous

Evil In The Mirror
A murder mystery from Author Mitt Winstead

: A note to readers: Be advised this is a murder/mystery; there are strong elements of death, torture and carnage. If this is not your scene, do move on. But if like me you have a love for horror, then I would most certainly say this is right up your alley "with a side of Fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
This is the conversation that brings us to today’s Preview Review...
Author Eri Nelson posted a link to The 131 Preview Review Via Facebook, explaining what I do.

          Need an honest in depth review of your work? Then please take a moment to 
          check out S.i. Hayes site and her 131 Preview Review.
          Mitt Winstead: I'm scared
          S.I. Hayes: Don’t be afraid, I am quite gentle so long as you ask nice.
          Mitt Winstead: You read 131 page of “Evil in the Mirror” and you will be the 
          one scared!
          S.I. Hayes: Challenge Accepted! If you would like me to read it, you can 
          send me a copy as an attachment here through my messages, or e-mail 
          Mitt Winstead: Facebook will do... and thanks! Mittster

         So here, we are, just a few days later, and I have finished the first 131 pages.  So what did I think? I think I'm going to finish reading the novel later, that’s what I think. It is not the usual fanfare; it’s not a who-done-it, piece. You get that from the first bloody mess of bodies. 

        The story is jammed pack with images of Arizona in the Vietnam Era, when our boys were going off to war, and the Hippie Cult- *ahem* ure was  at it’s peak. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll were all the rage, and in the midst of things like “free love” and Nuclear Armament, beneath the lights and opulent desert skies a string of brutal murders begins to unfold.

         Enter Detective Jon Mull and his partner Detective Matt Wilson. Jon spends his time looking up from the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels, while Matt looks out for him. The pair finds themselves dropped into a gruesome dance that they can not bow out of. Amongst the deadly dealings the story unfolds through flash backs and forwards, from Jon’s life before the bottle and the decidedly maniacal, meticulous, and murderous, twins Curtis and Clarence. (My 3 favorite M’s) *Grin*  

         We find that the Identical Villains have left death and devastation from California to Arizona, since before the pair hit puberty. Thanks to the nurturing of a short-lived abusive father, a often neglectful drunken mother, and later, a just as drunken step-father. They are the model of the darkness that surrounds the far reaches of the most dastardly of deeds, and they revel in the chaos and screams their “Twin time” invokes.
Detective Jon, was once a happy man, married to a woman who longed to be his for the remainder of their lives. But the world has a way of twisting happiness into sorrow and when disease took Angie from him, he found that the bottle was his only solace.

         The backward and forward flashes through the character’s lives transitions seamlessly, which I find refreshing, and I love linguistic flair. Which this book is packed full of, like fun similes such as these two gems:
"his eyes looked like two fried eggs in a bucket of piss"
"It was so quiet you could hear a pack rat fart."

           Remarks like this helped to lift some of the darkness from the tale, allowing me to have a laugh, even if it was at the Hero’s expense. 

           Jon is convinced that the murders are all connected that his partners abandoned vehicle on a lone stretch of highway means that is he is not missing, but in fact very much dead.

            While the entire state looks for Matt, Jon is tasked with breaking in a new partner and hell-bent on getting “these maniacs off the streets.”

            Thrilling, gruesome, and at times rather heart wrenching, “Evil In The Mirror” has proven that there are still intelligent stories being told that can hit the target, and transport you to a time when the world was far more interesting.

             I urge you, nay, I Challenge You, to pick up “Evil In The Mirror,” and tell me you aren't clenching your teeth, to keep from biting your nails!

              Until we meet again, I thank you my readers of the Wee Hours, for joining me, here at The 131 Preview Review, and do come check out the Interview with the Author, Mitt Winstead. I have some great questions that I am sure you are dying to get answers to!

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The In Dreams... Series, The Roads Trilogy, is the accumulation of almost eight years of writing. Begun in 2006 after a D&D campaign

ended S.I.Hayes took the world and created the Unavoidable Road. It took five years as

Shannon spent many months at a time in an undiagnosed Bi-Polar fog.

In 2010, she finally found the help she needed and she has been writing feverishly ever since

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