"Murder on the Metro" A Margaret Truman’s Capitol Crimes series By Jon Land: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a signed copy of the book and links to purchase it.

Five years ago, Robert Brixton witnessed the death of his daughter when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb inside a small café. He’s never going to recover from it. He used to work for a government agency, now is a private investigator for high level crimes. When riding the Metro, the D.C. version of a subway, he notices a young woman acting oddly. Seemingly spooked because he noticed her, she attempts to move from one car to the next, a dangerous feat in any circumstances. As a suicide bomber, changing cars on a moving train isn’t the most dangerous thing she can do. 

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In Israel, families enjoying a day at the beach are attacked by three armed drones. With nowhere to run, there’s no escape.  

Seemingly unrelated events all tie together to put the United States in jeopardy, threatening not only lives but a way of life. Can a handful of people save millions? Brixton hopes so—since he’s one of the handful. 

Jon Land kicks Margaret Truman’s Capitol Crimes series into high gear with a page-turning, hold your breath, breakneck speed. To tell more would give away key points of the plot and readers will appreciate sorting clues from red herrings for themselves. While some parts of the tale are reminders of recent events, readers will be glad the rest is fiction. The alternative is too frightening to contemplate. 

Washington D.C. is a character itself as Land adds details, putting readers right into the action. The main thing to remember is, in D.C. you can never be sure what’s true, what’s a lie, and who to trust. 

Land also writes the Caitlyn Strong thriller series, eleven books so far, and six books in the Murder She Wrote series, many reviewed here. Land says Brixton will be back next year in Murder at the CDC  

To enter to win a copy of Murder on the Metro, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "metro,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 1, 2021. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. BE AWARE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN SHIPPING THE WINNING BOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

A short story of Jon's will be featured in the next Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast going up this week!

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.
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  1. I'd love to read this book that's an extension of a series that I have enjoyed reading over the years.

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  2. Haven't read one of the Margaret Truman
    mysteries in a long time. Might be time
    to get back to them. thanks for the chance

  3. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

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  5. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

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  7. Sounds interesting. Thank you for the opportunity!


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