Renee began the #ThrowbackThursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk“ to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out. And, if you’d like to join the fun, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic from her website. Just provide the link back to her please).
This week I am highlighting Aaron Standler, another prolific author who wrote Deer Season #3 in his Ray Elkins Thriller series. (He has written other series as well.) This novel was published by Writers and Editors LLC on July 1, 2009. He consistently runs approximately 3.5-4 stars for any of his books sold on Amazon.
I posted a review of Shelf Ice by this author in January 2014. Shelf Ice is #4 in the series. See that review here. That was back when I was gleaning free books from BookBub and also downloaded Deer Season as my hubby was a hunter and thought he’d enjoy. Apparently, the author has written nine in the series. The C.E. read this book and his review follows. Winter is knocking on our doors, changing the direction of the wind, and the smell of dry leaves permeate the air perhaps earlier in Michigan and parts of the north than the midwest and sunny south and west. Are you ready for some cooler temps?
It’s late November along the shores of northern Lake Michigan. Deer season has been open for a few days and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. A local TV anchorwomen is returning home from an early morning yoga class with her young twin daughters. She stops at the end of her drive and climbs out of her car to collect the mail from the box. As she turns back toward her vehicle, the bullet from a high caliber weapon tears through her chest. In this third book in this series, Sheriff Ray Elkins confronts both the dark history of his own department and powerful and wealthy adversaries who try to control the direction and reach of his investigation.
This is a well-crafted detective novel utilizing excellent crime-solving techniques. Teaching forensics was a real lesson in how crimes are actually solved. Throwing away conjecture and prejudice at the onset of examining a case is not always easy. Stander handles the process with realism and understanding.
Many people determine the perpetrator of a crime from gut instinct or preconception. The media does little to help in this process and many are judged guilty prior to any investigation. Changes of venue are the result of public reaction without all the facts.
The lead detective, Ray Elkins, with his associate detective Sue Lawrence, start their investigation. A young drunk had fired a shotgun through the back window of an SUV with three high school students inside. One of the occupants in the back seat is wounded and taken to the hospital. The investigation meanders through the community and exposes the power elite in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
Twisting and turning the plot will lead you to many dead ends and yet pull the saga together at the end, utilizing most of the characters in the book. Mistaken identity almost kills a young mother of two girls. She is the daughter of one of the very wealthy and elite families in the area. Why was she shot? Who would do such a thing? She has decided to divorce her husband he is the prime suspect. Slam-dunk case? Not even close!
Read the book and enjoy the process of the investigation as well as the outcome of the novel. You will not be disappointed in this crime and police procedural. [C.E. Williams]
About the Author: Aaron Stander spent most of his adult years in the Detroit area, where he taught English and trained writing teachers. In 2000 he and his wife left college teaching positions and moved permanently to their cottage near Traverse City. Aaron is the author nine mysteries set in northwest lower Michigan. He is also the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, and reviews, and the host of Michigan Writers on the Air on Interlochen Public Radio. When not writing or thinking about writing, Aaron spends a lot of time kayaking along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
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Rebecca at The Book Whisperer
Lynne at Fictionophile
Sam at Clues and Reviews
Holly B at Dressedtoread
Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews
Amanda at Literary Weaponry
Annie at The Misstery
Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll
Laurie at Cozy Nook Books
Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine
Susan at Susan Loves Books
Cathy at What Cathy Read Next
Cathy at Between the Lines
Amy at Novel Gossip
Diana at A Haven for Booklovers
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