Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hidden Chamber of Death (Book 1 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series) by Hawk MacKinney

Death is selcom dignified, even less so if it's felony 
murder. No-such-thing-as-exSEAL private investigator 
Craige Ingram never forgot how personal death could get. This time it blind-sided a lot of people - including him.

Synopsis - 

Hidden Chamber of Death is a compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and suspense that leads retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy.

​Working with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy buddy, Craige Ingram's attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose motivation is based on pure depraved pleasure. In this first book of the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES, the instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits.

Review - 

Hidden Chamber of Death is the latest mystery/thriller (with a touch or romance) by prolific author Hawk MacKinney.  For this genre you need an interesting killer and a determined pursuer. I leave the killer a mystery, but the pursuer in this case is retired Navy SEAL/part-time PI named Craige Ingram who has a strong connection with local homicide detective. Graysen MacGerald (Gray). Gray calls Ingram in when he needs another eye to look at a case and the death he is investigating just doesn't feel right.

The creepy, sadistic killer character moves a bit in the shadows in this story - only being truly in focus in when on the hunt for a new victim. While his first murder was discreet, the following ones have increasing savagery. What he does with them is sick, but fortunately the acts are only hinted at instead of described step by step - my preference for this type of book.

Mixed in is the element of romance. Terri Wofford Stanley, a beautiful widow with a teenage son to raise. takes a job at a bank and ends up in charge of an account of Ingram's. The attraction is instant and mutual.  It doesn't take long before things heat up.  Unfortunately the killer is also works at the bank and Terri, her son and Ingram all end up in his sights.  What happens next? Well, you'll just have to pick up a copy and dive in.

I want to make one additional comment. This book, especially the second half, could have used a bit of polishing in terms of editing. This surprised me as MacKinney is an experienced author with many books to his credit. I laboured over reducing the star rating by one to reflect this, but eventually decided to rate it on the story itself.

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Meet the Author - 

Check out a great behind the scenes interview with Hawk MacKinney - HERE

Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.
In addition to professional articles and texts on fetal and adult anatomy, Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition.Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. This was followed by the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. In a change of direction, October of 2012 saw the release of Hawk’s first science fiction novel, The Bleikovat Event, in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. Volume II, The Missing Planets, was released in 2014 with Volume III in the works.

​Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Chamber of Death is Book 1 in the series.

​Connect with the author: Website  

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2 comments:

  1. Olio/Marilyn R WILSON - Thank U for hosting the Hidden Chamber of Death with serial protagonist Craige Ingram and one very enchanting widow. Westobou Gold, Book 2 in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series is in cover design, and will soon be released.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net

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