Monday, 10 June 2013

Review: Time Killer by Todd M. Thiede

From time to time, I read some mysteries to take my time from romance and high school drama.  Reading the synopsis made it seem more interesting and I agreed to review it.  But, although a good plot, there are some flaws.

Author: Todd M. Thiede
Publisher: iUniverse
Release Date: January 15th 2013
Source: From Orangeberry blog tours
Genre: Mystery

Witness a gripping thriller that will surely hook you from start to finish in Time Killer…

Have you ever stood in a line at a grocery store while a person in front of you argued every price and then at the very end they pulled out a book of coupons? Have you ever waited in a drive thru as the person in front of you took forever to order his food? There is a person in Rockton Illinois that has had this happen to him and he is doing something about it. He is getting rid of the Time Wasters in Rockton.

Detective Max Larkin has a pretty simple life in Rockton. He wakes up every morning and goes to the police station to solve small town crimes. However, today is going to be different. Not only is he getting a new partner, Jesse Fairlane, that he doesn’t want, but he is getting assigned to a murder case where the murderer writes TIME WASTER on the wall in the victim’s blood.

Follow them as they attempt to solve the murder mystery case and find out if their tandem would work in Time Killer.


Someone is angry that people are wasting his time.  And his punishment is losing their life.  And two detectives - Max and Jesse - are on the case.  And they don't like partnered with each other.  And the case is more serious than they thought.  The killer don't leave any clues, except writing a message about not to waste time with the victim's blood.  With their indifferences, are the detectives going to find the killer?  As the killings seems to be a long time happening, where is this all going to end?

The concept is good.  And that's what made me pick this book.  The crime scenes are well described.  All the gory details are well brought out which added up to the horror and thrill of the plot.  The plot following the killer is one major plus of this novel.  His criminal thinking and killing methods are new and although it looks bad to say it, I enjoyed those parts.

The detectives, the climax and the dialogues are the major flaws of this novel.  The characters of the detectives felt forced, and not something I can just go on with.  In spite of the editing problems, I thought of enjoying the novel, but the dialogues are still a major letdown.  And then the climax.  Actually there is nothing wrong with the climax, but the thrill is lost towards the end as everything is laid out on the table just like that.

Verdict: For a debut, this is a decent crime thriller!

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