Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN# (10): 0-373-26615-4 / (13): 978-0-373-26615-9
October 2007
Harlequin/Worldwide Library
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3BK9
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
251 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Jeff Resnick is accosted after leaving a bar while winning money playing pool. After two teenage muggers demand his money, Jeff tries to reason with them, but the baseball they use on him leaves him with a fractured skull.

Dr. Richard Alpert, Jeff’s half-brother, wishes to protect Jeff. There is seven years difference in their ages, and Richard realizes Jeff needs to be with family while recuperating. He gets Jeff to come to Buffalo.

Jeff had been out of work for six months due to downsizing and was about to assume his career as insurance claims investigator when the mugging happened. He feels blessed to be able to stay with his brother, Richard and his live-in girlfriend, Brenda who is a registered nurse, and his assistant. Brenda and Richard care for Jeff after the doctor informs Jeff suffers from a classic coup-contrecoup injury. Jeff continues to have visions that will not go away. They focus on a deer and a hunter. When the headlines read Matthew J. Summer, a Bison Bank vice president, is found hanged in his garage, Jeff feels he has gained some kind of psychic abilities to see the visions. He asks Richard to help him inquire into the banker’s family but it appears no one wishes to discuss anything and the more Jeff’s visions affect his life, it pulls Richard and Jeff into more danger than they realized.

Murder On The Mind is a rather intriguing read. I like the way the storyline shows the relationship of the brothers while Jeff is going through a rough time. It demonstrates the closeness and how the older sibling, Richard, steps in to offer protection to Jeff. The interaction of Jeff, Richard and Brenda is quite moving as they get along well under the same roof. I found Brenda refreshing and a compassionate person. The idea of her and Richard being an interracial couple is a nice addition to the story. L.L. Bartlett pens a mystery, with some twists along the way that keeps the reader entertained. The plot with the psychic abilities with Jeff’s injury is a nice tie-in. I enjoyed the adventure with Jeff trying to put the clues all together in this fantastic read.

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