Murder on the Lake of Fire

Murder on the Lake of Fire

by Mikel J. Wilson


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At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. The mysterious death of a teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is soon followed by an apparent case of spontaneous human combustion. In a small town bursting with friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just beneath the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits him against artful private investigator Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome, smart and seductive, and he just might be the killer Rome is seeking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947392069
Publisher: Acorn Publishing, Battle Creek, MI
Publication date: 11/26/2017
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town's legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee. ​

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Murder on the Lake of Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great mystery with wonderful characters and a thought provoking storyline. I found myself trying to figure out who commited a crime before Emory did. I would recommend this book. Looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has all of the needed details and turns to be a grade A mystery novel. Characters are fluid and ever changing just like real people. Definitely recommend it for a quick and fulfilling read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one day. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twists, surprising turns, and incestuous surprises is just the beginning. Things frequently aren't as expected. Emory and Jeff both grow as detectives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner intriguing and unexpected a good mystery read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a bundle of twists and turns through out. You will NOT be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder on the Lake of Fire is a gripping new mystery series. The crimes are extraordinary, the characters are engaging, and the twisty plot is a fast-paced. I thoroughly enjoy the dynamic and banter between Emory and the the PI, Jeff - can't wait to watch their journey. The story kept me thinking and rethinking and just when I thought I had is solved, another twist made me rethink again - and the WTF ending blew my mind. An absolutely incredible read. I'm looking forward to the next book!
DamianoDeMonte More than 1 year ago
I don't often turn to crime novels as sometimes I get lost in the story while trying to "figure it out." But this author kept me tuned in and turned on due to the fast pace and writing that left me wanting to read it every chance I had. The characters are well-developed and while there are certain characteristics about them that are revealed naturally in the story, it more felt like the way these characters should be seen by people in society, rather than hammering it over the head and making a bigger point about them. I'll leave y'all to discover what that is... I enjoyed the book tremendously and would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read this series, this first book was very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to read more .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not finish it as I do not care to read about someone else's gay grappling.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Going into Murder on the Lake of Fire, I had incredibly high hopes. Most reviews I had seen had been incredibly positive and the storyline sounded interesting (I can NEVER resist a mystery!). Thankfully, Murder on the Lake of Fire was an excellent read. Full of thrills as well as chills, Murder on the Lake of Fire presents a suspenseful whodunit with a side of romance. My favorite part of Murder on The Lake of Fire was the mystery of course! From the first page, the reader is thrown into the mystery at full blast. It's one that's been seen before - a successful young teen is brutally murdered. Over the course of the book, several different angles are put into play: Is a family member behind it? Was it a scorned boyfriend? A competitor? The list goes on and on. Additionally, other related mysteries are thrown into play - a family fortunate is at stake, another murder occurs, the deceased teenager's family business is sabotaged, etc. Many times I thought I had the mystery completely figured out; however, Mikel always seemed to have a trick up his sleeve to completely throw me off my game. Even the last chapter had me on the edge of my seat, still not fully believing what was going on - the ultimate "what the heck moment?" for sure! I also really liked the characters! Emory was the ultimate good cop - always following the rules and guidelines - while Jeff was the ultimate bad cop - always throwing the rules to the wind. I loved the resulting dynamic between them, as not only did it bring out some hilarious banter but it also resulted in a sweet enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance. Out of the two, I think I liked Jeff the most. I loved his reckless ways, especially when they brought out the reckless in Emory as well. I also enjoyed that there was a lot of unknown to his character. When Jeff is first introduced into the story, he brings along his own mystery - he's been placed on the no-fly list for no real reason. Murder on the Lake of Fire consists of 40+ chapters; however, never once did I get bored. The plot was fast paced and dialogue as well as action heavy, which I enjoyed. I also appreciated that while most of the book was told in Emory's POV, the POVs of several other characters was involved. It brought a greater understanding to their characters and increased the suspense factor. There were two aspects that brought this down a notch in my eyes: I felt that the characters weren't incredibly well developed. There were a lot of blank spaces around Emory and Jeff, especially in regards to their respective backgrounds. However, this is the start of a series, so I'm sure there's more development to come! Second of all, I wish there was more romance! Don't get me wrong, I loved the romance that was included, but I would loved more time devoted to it. So likewise I hope the sequel(s) involve more of that as well. If you love murder mysteries, Murder on the Lake of Fire should definitely be on your TBR! Mikel J. Wilson may be relatively new to the scene, but I can see so much promise in this series as well as his overall storytelling.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Emory Rome, Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is requested by the Sheriff to return to his hometown to solve a particularly brutal murder. The sheriff just happens to be Emory's father and Emory doesn't have especially good memories of the town .. or the people in it. A teen-age girl has been murdered while she was ice-skating. Soon after, her coach is killed .. a case of spontaneous combustion. Strange deaths, indeed. It seems that he's going to get help solving these murders even if he doesn't want or need it. PI Jeff Woodard is hired by the girl's to find his daughter's killer. The main characters are fun to watch as they interact with each other. They are so full of life, they seem to leap from the pages. Secondary characters are fully formed which lend an air of credibility. The premise is a good one ... featuring a rather unique way to knock off the victims. Suspects are plentiful, and they each seem to have secrets or are unable to tell the truth for one reason or another. There are a few twists and turns along the way and a surprising ending. Murder mysteries are my favored genre, and this is a good one. A new author to me, I look forward to seeing more in this possible series. Many thanks to the author / TBC Reviewer Request for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot twists