Tracking A Shadow is the first full length novel in the series of Jarvis Mann Detective Novel standalones, though it was recommended that I read the series in book order to fully grasp the references made to prior cases, as well as the character progression of Detective Mann. So I did just that, starting with R. Weir’s short story The Case of The Missing Bubble Gum Card, which is permanently free on Amazon.
Now before I jump into this review, I would like to let you know that independent and debut authors, or debut works hold a special place in my heart and I view them differently than the works of those who have at least one full length novel under their belt. Now with that being said please notice that I said view NOT review. What that means is that if I find errors, or something off with the writing I will mention it, but it will not dictate whether or not I read another book from the author. In fact I quite enjoy seeing how an author progresses as they write more.
Alright, now that I have said that let’s get to the review.
It read much like you would expect a private investigator’s case journal to read; full of detailed accounts of the suspects, as well as the movements of the detective. However, that great detail tended to take away some from the excitement of the chase. Even so, I was held in suspense and left jumping to conclusions as my brain scramble to guess who done it. R. Weir definitely has a knack for foiling the reader’s attempts at solving the case before Mr. Mann has his guy. It is my assumption that he always gets his guy. Even if he is no longer being paid to do so, curiosity and determination fuel him to seek resolution.
In this case, the shadow Jarvis Mann is tracking is elusive. And the final findings left me with my mouth agape. Astonished at the author’s brilliance to fool me.
There are some minor errors. As well as a repetitive use of the word ‘as’, the authors voice, which happens to be Jarvis Mann’s voice, (the books is written in first person), tends to leak into the dialog of the secondary characters causing them to be somewhat indistinguishable.
Overall it was a good read, a suspenseful mystery, with some elements I didn’t quite expect. I look forward to reading more of Weir’s work.