Review of ‘Black Friday: An MC McCall Novel of Suspense’ by Judy M Kerr
What a read! Talk about having some mixed feelings. On one hand, I thought this book was great, on the other I’m completely mad at the author. This book does not end on a cliffhanger but talk about a gigantic thread left open. I hope I’m not supposed to wait too long for the sequel but either way Kerr I’m still mad at you.
Like the book I’ve just read ‘In Harm’s Way‘, this was another new mystery from Launch Point Press and again a debut book. I did feel the writing was a little bumpy in the beginning. The dialogue especially just seemed a little off or forced might be a better world. Luckily, Kerr really found her groove and the writing smoothed out nicely. This was a good debut book and Kerr is absolutely on my radar even though she’s also on the naughty list.
As I mentioned before this is a debut mystery book but it is also a procedural crime book. Instead of the usual alphabet agencies we see in many books, the main character MC is a postal inspector. That means carrying a gun and often investigating cases that overlap with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. While I sometimes questioned if she was overstepping what her job was, I did like the chance of pace. I have never read anything about postal inspectors before so that fact that was new I really appreciated it.
While there is plenty going on in the mystery part, this book really dives into the characters and makes you emotionally connected to them. MC, her work partner, her girlfriend of 19 years, and their two best friends made a real solid cast of characters that you can’t help but care about.
I have mentioned a few times that I’m angry at Kerr. I’m not going to say why. You will know when you read the book. But still even being mad, I was completely hooked on this book and I absolutely recommend it to mystery/crime fans. Kerr, please get book two out soon, I don’t want to have to wait too long.
A copy was given to me by the publisher for an honest review. 4.25 Stars.