Murder in-absentia by Assaph Mehr

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees

★★★★★ (4.50)27163413

Genre – Adult Fantasy/Mystery
Summary –A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on. Enter Felix, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.
(Summary from GoodReads)
Initial Thoughts – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with this book and enjoyed reading every moment of it.
Plot – ★★★★★ The plot moves along quickly. Felix is constantly finding new clues and suspects, making it impossible to set down.
Characters – ★★★★☆ This novel is filled with countless characters that are all important and distinguishable in their own ways. However, I didn’t quite connect with Felix and I think he could have used a little something more.
Story world – ★★★★★ It’s clear just how much Assaph Mehr knows about ancient Rome. For every second of the novel, I could clearly understand the culture and the surroundings of Felix’s world. In my opinion, it’s one of the best parts of the novel.
Style – ★★★★☆ Assaph Mehr’s writing was strong and compelling. However, there was just a little too much description in some parts for me.
Closing Thoughts – I would highly recommend this to fans of the supernatural and of mysteries.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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