Book Tour Review: The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay

The Murder of Manny Grimes
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #1
By Angela Kay
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night
during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the
swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he
investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the
boys telling the truth?
With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator
Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive
or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the
closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling apart.
Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to
unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he
spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons
and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?
 This was, and is meant to be, a very deep, dark, and foreboding thriller that is author Angela Kay’s debut novel. I feel it has a Christian undertow due to the moral ambiguities written throughout with references to The Bible. Jim DeLong and his friend, Russ Calhoun, are very strong characters that would be easily unlikable if you were to know them in real-life. The characters are all written as flawed with demons of their own to chase and hide from at various points throughout the mystery. The body of Manny Grimes is found buried in snow at a local elementary school by three boys, but when Lt Jim DeLong, the main investigator in our story, gets there, there is no body to be found.
Well written and full of suspense, I did not even begin to have a suspect in mind until halfway through the book even though those who may be suspect all had motives from the start. I loved how the weather was written into the mystery almost like it was a character of its own; my own feel on this and, yes, it sounds odd LOL
It all boils down to a fifteen-year murder mystery from Manny’s past, the death of Manny Grimes himself, and a suspected murder/suicide that are all entwined together in this suspense-filled novel. The story line and plot really pulled me in and am looking forward to Lt DeLong’s second book in the series, Blood Runs Cold, that I also received as part of their book tour.
Blood Runs Cold
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #2
A young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and
Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the
most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into
the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he’s longed to forget.
The victim is his sister-in-law, and old thoughts he’s fought to delete
will be resurrected whether DeLong likes it or not. He and his
brother have been estranged by unhappy times in their youth. With no
clear motive, DeLong questions his ability to remain objective.

Keep checking for when it goes on sale!

I received an ARC of Blood Runs Cold for a book tour of the series, The Cases of Lt DeLong. With a dark history between his estranged brother, Sullivan, and himself, Jim Delong finds himself neck deep in the murder of his sister-in-law, Bree, who ironically worked with troubled teens. Ironic because the prime suspect is Jim’s own brother and their guilt over their pasts as troubled teenagers makes for another emotionally gripping thriller by author Angela Kay.
The second case of Lt DeLong is smartly written with the twists, story line, and plot that delves into darkness in a haunting way. I love how she (Angela Kay) is able to write you into each and every scene, as if you are there, walking right next to each character. While the actual main character, Jim, is slightly unlikable, you feel for him as you read more into him while he is working to solve the murder of Bree and facing his cold and indifferent brother, Sully.
Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University,
Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming
up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.
Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright
contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of
this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater
She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.
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for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!


2 thoughts on “Book Tour Review: The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review both books. I’m thrilled that you seemed to enjoy them! Will you also be posting your reviews on Amazon?

    Also, unfortunately, there was a mix-up with my publisher, so “Blood Runs Cold” is sadly not on sale. He’s been very sick recently, so I haven’t wanted to bother him is setting the sale. I just wanted to let you know, and anyone else who may stop by be aware!

    Thank you again for reviewing!

    1. Thank you so much for doing this book tour for the start of your crime series! I posted on Goodreads and next up is Amazon, I stagger them due to their review “standards” (ahem…) LOL

      Thank you for the update on Blood Runs Cold, hope he feels better soon! ‘Tis the season as the saying goes with the crud.

      Yours truly ~ Ms Cat

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