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So I was given the chance to review Ensconced by M. E. May. The author was even kind enough to send me a post to go with it!
Missing Person Detective and loving family man, Tyrone Mayhew, faces one of the toughest cases of his career-now a cold case he investigated ten years ago when Wendy Matherson and her vehicle vanished without a trace. New evidence has come to light and now Tyrone and his partner, Sergeant Benjamin Jacobs, must sort through years of old evidence and interview persons of interest and witnesses one more time. They soon discover that Wendy’s youngest son may be their best witness. After years of nightmares, this young man is ready to try anything to pull the memories so deeply ensconced in his subconscious to the surface so he can finally be at peace with what happened to his mother. The more Tyrone digs, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. When Tyrone’s family is placed in mortal danger, it sparks Tyrone to work more diligently to discover what really happened the night Wendy Matherson disappeared. He must find resolution before this case tears Tyrone’s happy life completely apart.
I have to say that this book is really good. I have not read a book with so much drama lately. I felt like I was always on my toes and could not get enough of Tyrone. He is such an excellent main character! Through out the story I felt like I could relate so much with him.
Most mystery plots might take a while to get into them, or it is a hit or miss for you at the beginning. Ensconced never had that either of those problems. I was sucked in from the very first chapter.
M. E. May Guest Post
Cold cases seem to fascinate us all. They are mysteries that are not yet solved. Even when the police are confident they know who the culprit is, it may take years to find enough evidence to prove a case. The thing to keep in mind is a case is never closed until it is solved.
Many fiction and non-fiction television programs have been developed in recent years, which deal with cold cases. A fictional program entitled Cold Case took us on a journey into cases as far back as the 1920’s, giving us a peak into how cases were investigated at the time and how they can be solved today. Non-fiction programs, such as those on the ID Discovery Channel, show us real life investigations.
The true crime stories I’ve seen and read about inspired me to look into missing persons cases in Indianapolis, the setting for my crime thrillers. I went to the police department’s website page to look at some of their cold cases, and one case in particular intrigued me.
A forty-seven-year-old woman went missing in the early morning hours of July 4, 1997. Her husband claimed she never came home that night. Neither she nor her car has been located to this day. At the time of the disappearance, her husband wouldn’t allow the police to question his teenage son and daughter. During the investigation, the police discovered the missing woman and her husband were having marital problems, but they couldn’t find any evidence to prove that he had anything to do with his wife’s disappearance. He and children eventually moved to Michigan.
When the children became adults, an investigator tried to speak with the daughter. She simply told him, “What good would it do now?” I continue to keep watch to see if this crime is ever solved as it was the inspiration for my latest novel, Ensconced.
Ensconced, takes this scenario and creates a cold case story. I wondered what would have happened had they found the victim’s car. I took this idea and wove a tail featuring one of my favorite characters, Detective Tyrone Mayhew. He and his partner, Sergeant Ben Jacobs, revisit the case, including speaking with my fictional victim’s three sons. The youngest son has ensconced the memory of the night she disappeared so deeply in his psyche that he can’t remember it in his conscious mind.
As you can see, this short description of a cold case crime set me on a path to try to create a story which answers the what and the why. That brings us back to why people are so fascinated by cold cases.
I believe most humans have the tendency to create scenarios in their minds when they hear stories about violence and about persons who’ve gone missing. We can’t imagine how horrific it is for the families and friends of those who are victims of crimes, not to have justice for their loved ones—and worse—to have no idea what may have happened to them. You don’t have to be the author of mysteries to contemplate the circumstances in your mind and come up with a plot of what may have occurred.
The thing I find most difficult about these situations is the why. Why do people harm other human beings? In some instances, we may never know why. Many criminals don’t have the logical answers we seek, or they have no intention of sharing their thoughts. Maybe that’s why people love to read a good mystery—especially when the author provides a plausible explanation for the criminal’s behavior.
Recently, many police departments are creating cold case units that specifically concentrate on older, unsolved cases. With DNA testing, as well as other technological advances, more and more of these cases are being solved giving resolution to families and friends. In addition, I must ask you, doesn’t it make you feel better when you hear a ten-year-old case has been solved and the perpetrator is going to “face the music” at last? It sure makes me feel good.
Thank you M. E. May for that guest post!
Here is her biography:
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, M. E. (Michele) May now lives near Chicago with her husband, Paul. She has two children and four grandsons living in central Indiana.
She studied Social and Behavioral Sciences at Indiana University, discovering what influences human behavior and finding her talent for writing.
Michele created the Circle City Mystery Series to showcase her hometown as well as give her readers great crime thrillers. The first novel in the series, Perfidy won the 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The second, Inconspicuous, was nominated for the 2014 Lovey Award for Best Suspense. The most recent Circle City Mystery, Ensconced, was released in March 2014 and her short story, “Uncle Vito and the Cheerleader,” is featured in the anthology, Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks.
Until next time my dear readers,