Broken Promises: A Matt Davis Mystery

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When the body of Maggie McFarland, an 86-year old widow, is found among the rubble of the once-famous, landmark Artemis Hotel leveled by fire nearly seventy years ago, residents of Roscoe are shocked. However, it is not the location where Maggie is found, but rather the manner of her demise, that has everyone puzzled. For it isn't a heart attack that has felled her; nor has she suffered a stroke, or taken a fatal fall from a porch. Her life has not ended that peacefully. Maggie has been killed by a bullet to the ...
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Overview

When the body of Maggie McFarland, an 86-year old widow, is found among the rubble of the once-famous, landmark Artemis Hotel leveled by fire nearly seventy years ago, residents of Roscoe are shocked. However, it is not the location where Maggie is found, but rather the manner of her demise, that has everyone puzzled. For it isn't a heart attack that has felled her; nor has she suffered a stroke, or taken a fatal fall from a porch. Her life has not ended that peacefully. Maggie has been killed by a bullet to the heart, fired from a pistol at close range. Who would possibly want to kill this kind, gentle woman, known throughout the area as one of the best trout fly tiers within a hundred miles of the famed Beaverkill River? That is the mystery that confronts Matt Davis in Broken Promises, one of the most baffling cases of his career.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: "If ever a mystery novel could turn this reader into a fly fisherman, "Broken Promises" by Joe Perrone Jr. would do it.

This is Joe Perrone Jr.'s fourth novel set in small town Roscoe, N.Y. (a real place fictionalized without being mythologized), and his sleuth is Chief of Police Matt Davis, an avid fisherman who solves crimes when he'd rather be on the river.

This is my first foray into the world of Matt Davis (and won't be my last) and serious trout fishing. Perrone's expertise as a professional fly-fishing guide in the Catskill Mountains lends authenticity to the skill and the art of fishing and to the appreciation of the fishermen who practice it. (Yes, all those fishing in this book were men.)

His leisurely style complements the laid-back nature of Matt Davis, a careful and meticulous cop. He follows all the possible strings/clues of a death that might be a murder without any readily visible reason for such an elderly woman to be in such an abandoned burned-out hotel site in the first place.

Perrone's narrative style, pleasant though it is and clear though it is, might take some getting used to. The novel shifts from the present day to the days of World War II (1944). From the first-person voice of Matt as he deals with the death of a woman with no enemies and, at 86, mostly a life in the past (and in the past tense), it shifts to the present tense with the action of young factory workers of more than 50 years ago. Never mind: It's done with the smoothness of a well-balanced seesaw.The story carries the reader along, and the past explains the present as much as the past can. The characters who deserve sympathy get it, and those who don't, get some empathy for a crime gone awry, then and now.

Fast paced it is not, but "Broken Promises" arrives at a conclusion both sad and satisfying - and that's life, that's realism. In Roscoe, crime is not high-speed car chases, crazed mobsters, mutilating madmen - and crimes are solved by dint of perseverance, compassion, shrewd common sense. And I welcomed the setting, the pacing, the detecting by a police chief who does his job, even if he'd rather be fishing."
- Celia Miles, for the Hendersonville, NC Times-News

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Bill Farkas
Mr. Perrone has crafted a great story that shows how a murder case really gets solved. As in all the Matt Davis books, the case is not solved overnight by some huge insight; his detective has to fit the pieces together painstakingly, as you would with a really challenging puzzle. It's become somewhat of a trademark of this mystery series that the reader doesn't simply follow the main character, but is allowed to peek into the past events that brought the characters to this point in their lives.
Amazon - Merle Campisi
"Both me and my husband Joe really enjoyed this latest work of author Joe Perrone Jr. The author make you feel like you are a resident of Rosco, N.Y. and the events taking place are going to affect you. The only advice I have for the author is to stay away from the trout stream and get busy on another great mystery. The Police Chief Matt Davis is a down to earth character who does not have all the answers but just keeps digging."
Amazon - Gwyneth Rice
"I very much enjoyed the chapters switching back and forth from 1944 to the present, showing the life of the murder victim when she was a young woman and how she, and the other characters involved, ended up in the present day. This was a real murder and a life mystery entwined with Matt Davis, police chief, balancing the needs and worries of his personal life and the need to solve the murder."
Amazon - Richard Brawer
"Mr. Perrone keeps us turning the pages with fast reading prose and crisp dialogue as he flashes back and forth between 1944 and the present, introducing one suspect at a time and the incident that leads us to the motive for the murder and the murderer. "Broken Promises" is thoroughly enjoyable."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781490972176
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/4/2013
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 1,350,271
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

About The Author: Joe Perrone Jr. was a sportswriter with the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald-News, and a freelance advertising copywriter. He was also a professional fly-fishing guide on the Beaverkill River in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Broken Promises is the fourth in the Matt Davis Mystery Series, following As The Twig Is Bent, Opening Day, and Twice Bitten. Mr. Perrone is also the author of Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening) , a coming-of-age novel set in the '60s and A "Real" Man's Guide To Divorce (First, you bend over and...). Joe and his wife, Becky, live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with their two calico cats, Cassie and Callie. Readers may contact Joe via email with questions or comments at: joetheauthor@joeperronejr.com. Visit Joe's website at www.joeperronejr.com, or follow him on Twitter @catsklgd1. All of Joe's novels are available in audio book format through Audible.com, Amazon.com, and from iTunes.
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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    This is the fourth Matt Davis mystery that I have read and I thi

    This is the fourth Matt Davis mystery that I have read and I think Broken Promises is the best.  I particularly enjoy
    the way Mr. Perrone tells the story from several points of view and the way his characters seem so real.  It is obvious
    that the author did a lot of research into the time period of the Forties and also into the subject of wind turbines (a sub-
    plot that provides just enough interest between the action scenes of the main story itself).  Matt's relationship with his wife, Val, strikes me as
    authentic and realistic.  My favorite character is probably Frank Kuttner, the owner of the fly shop, whom Matt visits for
     occasional common sense advice.  Keep 'em coming! 

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