The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the boys telling the truth? With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval Investigator Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling apart. Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he spent yet to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve been really loving crime and thriller stories recently and this one was definitely the cherry on top of the cake to finish October with! It’s everything I needed and everything a reader should hope for in a crime and thriller book. I was instantly drawn into this story from the first chapter and from there I was sucked into the town, Augusta, and all of its mysteries to come with it.

I thought the characters were very well-developed, in their imperfect flawed ways, which I found interesting about each character as I found them all even more mysterious and intriguing. Lieutenant Jim DeLong is the main character which we follow throughout the book. His determination and bravery really shines through in the pages especially when he’s got a lot of problems going on with his home life and friends around him, he was definitely my favourite character that I learnt about.

This book was full of suspense and was very well-written from start to finish. Angela Kay did exceptionally well with keeping the reader from finding out who the murderer was right up until the moment you find out, which I always find can be a difficult stunt to pull but she did it incredibly well. There wasn’t a moment in this story when I guessed correctly who it might be.

Although you’re able to read both this book and the second book Blood Runs Cold as stand alone novels, it still follows Lieutenant Jim DeLong in and I wish I had read this one first. I would definitely recommend not only this book but this author to fans of crime, mystery and thriller books.

Have you read The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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