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One woman's disappearance unlocks dark secrets in Mark Allen's brisk new detective novel, Six Months of September. As the suspects pile up, it falls on one unemployed...
One woman's disappearance unlocks dark secrets in Mark Allen's brisk new detective novel, Six Months of September. As the suspects pile up, it falls on one unemployed reporter to figure out what the police cannot.
Duncan Walsh has recently been fired from his job at Channel 8 news after an intense altercation with a local news icon. While contemplating his next move, he spends his days at the Chicago Museum of Natural History where he quickly befriends a beautiful tour guide named Agnes.
A local university student, Agnes reveals that she is soon heading off on a paleontology dig. But when Agnes never shows up for the assignment, her disappearance becomes headline news.
Unable to sit back while Agnes's life may be in danger, Duncan launches his own investigation with the assistance of his best friend. Along the way, another volunteer joins up, the last person Duncan ever wants to meet: James, Agnes's boyfriend.
The ragtag group of amateur detectives struggles to gain leads, a task made all the harder by James's father, the Chicago Police Commander who may just hold a secret of his own.
The danger heats up and more secrets are revealed as their investigation brings them closer to the university where Agnes studied. When one of them is attacked by an unknown assailant, Duncan begins to suspect that they may have gotten themselves in over their heads.
Readers will find Six Months of September a compulsively readable page turner, right down to the right down to the shocking final confrontation.
Posted November 2, 2014
A somewhat standard mystery story with sexism and homophobia occasionally interwine. Jokingly, of course.
Sexism - one woman's arms are not "overly toned".
Someone's mother "might have some good recipes."
A lesbian character is called "a maneater."
A policeman wants to regurgitate at the thought of a kiss from a man. I can only hope it is the characters talking, not the author, Mark Allen.
The main character, Duncan Walsh, thinks about being "snuggled in a bear rug". How awful to equate the violence of killing an animal with
The best line in the book, "I blog therefore I am."
Mark Allen is not my cup of latte.
Posted April 6, 2014
Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite
It hasn’t been a really great few months for Duncan Walsh. In fact he’s gotten fired from his job and is barely surviving in a metropolis that seems determined to evict him. That is until he meets Agnes, a girl very unlike anyone he’s ever met, a girl who’s interning at the Field Museum while completing her dissertation and her double major. Unfortunately for him, Agnes has a boyfriend and is planning to go on a trip, to an archaeological dig as a matter of fact. But then on the very morning she’s all set to leave, Agnes disappears. The police are convinced she’s run off on a spree. Her boyfriend (who just happens to be the police commander’s son) as well as her parents aren’t so convinced. Six Months of September is more than a story of a man looking for a woman who just might be the girl of his dreams.
Mark Allen definitely has an intriguing mystery on his hands with Six Months of September. I was very interested in Duncan and Agnes’ relationship, even though they barely knew each other as the story began. I was also intrigued with the lengths to which he was willing to go in order to find her. Duncan isn’t just a journalist, he’s a detective and a hero for everything he did to help Agnes with no knowledge that there would be anything good in it for him at the end. But he was determined, after only knowing Agnes a short time, that something was wrong and those gut feelings rarely fail a person in the end. This book was very intriguing. I loved the characters and loved how it developed.