The 9th Hour (The Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 1)
The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders, but this new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number 9. The suspect is incarcerated in the state's high security penitentiary but Unit Commander Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl goes missing.
Detective Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve a baffling crime in the dense forests of New Mexico's Cimarron State Park. But time is running out. Can they unravel the mysteries of Norse legends and thwart the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his next victim?
This is the first in the Detective Temeke Crime series.
Watch out for more from Detective Temeke and Malin Santiago
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What people are sayingabout THE 9TH HOUR:
The 9th Hour cometh! Despite - or because of - knowing so many writers, I stillfeel the magic when a book comes out that makes the hairs on my arm tinglebecause I think it's GOOD. I read MANY books and I only review and recommendthose I really like, so of course this shows my taste as a reader. If you likemodern detectives, think Ian Rankin set in New Mexico, you'll love this. A newdetective walks the mean streets of my bookshelves - Temeke. The 13thSign Publishing.
Main character Detective Temeke is a British detective whose first case in this hopefully abundant series is a serial killer who appears to be fixated on Norse mythology. His victims are young girls and women who appear to have no connection. As Detective Temeke unravels the case with the help of his female assistant Malin Santiago and finds himself flummoxed at times by the case and the perpetrator.
I found myself regretting when I had to put the book down and it consumed me until I was able to set the time aside to finish it late one night. Author Clair Stibbe has a gift. That gift is one that keeps the reader involved and wanting to turn just one more page to find out what is going to happen next.
Her writing is clear and forthright with just enough description to flesh out the characters and the scenes without over burdening the reader with too much. There were some areas that could have been detailed a bit more about Temeke and I am hoping that these details will come in future books . Sometimes I think that is the sign of a great book --- the desire to know more about the characters.
I look forward to any and all of the offerings in this series by Claire Stibbe and am thrilled to have been able to read a copy through Readers Review Room.
I would say that overall, the book was written well and after I got through the babbling, I was really drawn in. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes fictional crime books.
There is very little that I disliked about it. I loved all of the characters. All of them had decent background information and were full of depth. I loved the detail with the killer and when I was able to hear his thought process. I thought the setting of the story was excellent and appropriate.
The only thing that I disliked was the use of British terminology. That part of the book was particularly confusing and would consistently catch me off guard and was distracting. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend or family member. It was a great book.
This book wasn't all that exciting for me, BUT this is my go-to genre and I absolutely love the grit and gore, and the absolute terror one can create when reading said thrillers.
However, as an honest reviewer I do have to admit that while this book doesn't receive a 5 star review from me, I'm comfortable giving it 3.5 stars, because it didn't entertain me thoroughly enough for the full 4, but it is absolutely a good read for many of you "newbies". 😉 (or those of you who like a low-key type read with some twist and turns.
My favorite thing about this book was that nearly every character involved had his/her own story to tell, and each played a much higher role than just "supporting actor". That rarely happens and I found it quite impressive. The author could easily create spin-off stories based on any number of characters in this one.
The scenes were written thick with human emotion and incorporated nearly every one of the senses to paint an unmistakable mental vision, one that would not easily be forgotten. And just when I thought I'd figured out how one chase was going to end, the story took an unexpected turn and another chase began. I felt as though I was there with each kidnapped victim, seeing and almost smelling the blood and sweat drip from their tortured bodies. Like I said, not light reading material.
I loved that the author made the killer seductive and beautiful, harder to despise, just as his victims would attest to. You could almost hear his accent and see his flawless, distinguished face.
Here are a few of my favorite lines from this book:
(Det. Temeke experiencing a moment of human emotion as he ponders what the killer did to one of the victims.) He wished he could have been there if not to save her then to hold her while she died. During his darkest times, he would hesitate in his thoughts, pausing to wonder. Why her?
But he wasn't any regular guy. He was as welcome as a foreboding dream, as eloquent as grim poetry on a prison wall. Even when he took a single strand of her hair and wound it round her finger, he was still a killer.
That was the best part. He was anonymous in a town where all the worst nightmares were all his fault.
And this was one of my favorite lines for imagery:
To the east a large orange moon lounged above the Sandias and to the west a single slash of sunlight, bloody like a hunter's blade cleaving the sky from the desert. If you can handle gruesome murder mysteries, CSI type of stuff, I highly recommend this book. Be forewarned. You will have a hard time putting it down.
Detective David Temeke brings a passion to his investigation that is softened by his sense of humor. Teamed with Malin Santiago whose mother was Norwegian and who speaks the language, Temeke has personal issues that crop up during the investigation. Malin has a somewhat dark past herself and struggles with demons of her own. While giving the characters an added dimension, Stibbe manages to keep these side stories from interfering with the plot; finding the serial killer before he claims another victim.
Providing insight into the workings of the police department investigating the crimes, Stibbe builds a tight story with characters that evoke emotions from sympathy to downright disgust. The character that elicits the most sympathy is Darryl Williams, a distraught father dealing with the worst tragedy a parent can face, the murder of a child. As Williams deals with his loss and the difficulty of raising his remaining daughter’s, the reader is drawn along, sharing his pain.
The story moves forward smoothly, the tension grows, and just when you think everything is about to be resolved, bang; along comes another dark surprise. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a fast paced and dark detective story. I also look forward to more investigations with Detective Temeke and hopefully his partner Malin Santiago.