Midnight Owl (A Joe Leverette Mystery Volume 1) by Viv Drewa
Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned to investigate the murder of a woman who was found dismembered in Port Huron, Michigan. After investigations, it is discovered the murderer is going after the individuals who found each of the body parts.
Leverette becomes interested in Carole Sage, one of the women involved, who is a sensitive but is unable to pursue her due to her involvement in the case. His colleagues in the police force notice the infatuation he has for the woman, but she does not. The witnesses dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they would eventually find, are startled awake and then they hear an owl hoot several times.
Fearing skepticism, they don’t reveal their dreams to law enforcement. Carole Sage actually sees the original murder plus the murder of the individual witnesses. Police Chief Billingsley understands the gift she possesses and arranges a sting operation in order to catch the murderer which fails. Two witnesses are dead and they don’t want any more to die. This book is for 18+ due to the violence.
5 Star Review: If you enjoy reading murder mysteries and have the stomach for graphic scenes and detailed forensic evidence, Midnight Owl will be a great read. If you like continuing sagas where the first book keeps you waiting for the author to write and release the next book in the series so you can find out if your suspicions are right or wrong, this Joe Leverette (Mystery Book One) should be in your hands as Call Of The Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book Two) is promised for release in 2016.
Well written adult material, realistic characters, easy to follow dialog and a plot that reinforces monsters do exist.
I always quote a passage to show the authors style, but I am very careful not to spoil the story. Quote from Book:
“Heather North had felt as if someone were following her for a while now, weeks to be exact. The sensation was driving her crazy.
She lived in a relatively safe area with a short walk from her parking spot to her apartment, but the feeling was much stronger tonight and it made the walk look a lot farther.
Behind the large SUV to the left of her car, a figure waited. He watched Heather get her purse and sweater out of her car and lock the door. He watched her look around nervously, checking her surroundings before heading to her apartment.
The one thing that Heather really didn’t like was that there was no fence between the parking lot and the small wooded area next to it. Her insecurity tonight made it feel even more ominous. A great horned owl gave off three quick hoots making Heather jump and almost drop what she was carrying.
Before she had a chance to step away from her car, a strong arm wrapped around her waist and a damp cloth was clamped tightly over her mouth. She dropped her purse, keys and sweater and everything went dark.”
What happens next will cause your blood to run cold, but you will not stop turning the pages, because the sleuth in you will want answers.
I suspect Author Viv Drewa’s studies in medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan played a silent role in her active criminal investigation mind set. No doubt her ability to hold her reader’s attention through suspense is attributive to her writing experience since 1963.
Dreams and Owls have played roles in folklore throughout history. How do dreams and Owl hoots play into this mystery?
Will the author who is known as ‘Owl Lady’ give us any hoots in book two of this series?
I endorse Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa as a mystery suspense thriller. Review by Theodocia Mclean.
About The Author: Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.
She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and recently had it published again on Amazon.com
Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”
She teaches sewing to physically and mentally disabled adults, a cause close to her heart.
Viv also writes two blogs to help promote her fellow authors.