46391520._UY500_SS500_Title: A Place called Fear (NetGalley copy)

Author: Keith Houghton

# of pages: 365

Genre: Crime Fiction

Date of Publication: 12 Dec 2019

Rating: 4.5 stars

“Past perfect. Future tense.”

Detective Maggie Novak and Ed Loomis are back in action. Clayton Young was found dead in a parking lot, a few miles away from his home. Suspicions were raised around the circumstances in which they found Det. Clay young. Maggie has a feeling of something’s wrong with the case. Things get complicated when Clay’s partner, Andy Stucker is not reachable. With the suspect pool being muzzy at best, Maggie needs to solve the case before she is lost in the mystery.

It is always such a pleasure to read Keith Houghton’s book. With characters full drawn with leads complementing each other. Det. Novak is serious, all-for-business woman whereas Det. Loomis brings in fun and humour. The climax is jaw-dropping and unfathomable.

The suspense element in Keith Houghton’s books has never disappointed me. This is my 4th book by the author. My first book was the 1st book in the Maggie Novak series. Even though the book is a part of a series, it can be read as standalone. It has mention of the previous book but nothing that intervenes with the book. I was impressed by his writing I read some other books.  And I finished the book in one sitting. I was going through a reading slump and the book brought me back on track. Keith Houghton’s writing is captivating with complete focus is on the book.

A perfect read for crime fiction fans.

Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.