Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review ~ COURAGE BEGINS by R. Scott Mackey

Courage Begins (Ray Courage Mystery, #1)
by: R. Scott Mackey
Series: Ray Courage Mystery
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: March 28, 2015
Source: Personal Purchase

Garrett and Tiffanie Bate had it all—youth, money, and a perfect marriage. Until Tiffanie is killed in a suspicious accident. Neither the police nor the insurance investigators can prove she was murdered and the case turns cold.

Two years later the insurance company asks an intern—former college professor turned private eye Ray Courage—to reopen the investigation. He uncovers little new evidence to support suspicions that Garrett killed his wife for the insurance money. Garrett has the perfect alibi—hundreds of witnesses that place him more than two hours from the scene of Tiffanie’s death. Ray knows he’s missing something. But what? As his search for the truth unfolds, Ray’s life is put in jeopardy and he realizes his adversary is someone who’ll kill before he’ll be caught.

In this prequel to Courage Matters, Ray Courage begins his private investigation career, displaying the skills, abilities and sense of humor that have made him a fan favorite around the world.

Courage Begins is the introduction to the Ray Courage Private Investigator series.  It’s a short and straight-forward novella.  Courage Begins gives readers a glimpse into the first case that Ray Courage took on during his internship as a private investigator.  It’s told in first person so you get an idea of how Ray thinks and can easily see that he has a twisted sense of humor,  Ray is an older self-deprecating guy so he just can’t be taken too seriously.  Of course, that’s what makes his story a fun read.

Ray’s first case involves possible insurance fraud and has Ray looking into the suspicious death of a woman that was supposedly killed via carbon monoxide poisoning. He dives right in and quickly meets some interesting characters.  His attention to detail makes it far too easy for him to figure out what really happened but his digging also puts his life in danger.  Of course, he escapes death and brings the murderer to justice.  Everything that happens in between is intriguing and somewhat hilarious as it unfolds from Ray’s perspective.  I have read the books out of order but didn’t feel like I missed anything.
**Personal Purchase**

Rating: 3.5

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