“It’s sad, in a way, how the body can remember the pain of darkness long after the soul has found the light switch.”
Reading Enigma was a refreshing change from my norm of late which has been romance. Enigma is part of the Mainstream Line with Wilde City Press. I was excited because the main protagonist was a private investigator and also an empath. He could read auras! He could sense lies, anxiety, fear, sadness, all very useful tools for someone in his field. I was pulled right in just from the protagonists voice. Rhys Morgan was very witty and straightforward. I immediately liked him.
The book starts with Rhys (love that name so I’m not sure why he goes by Russ) Morgan accepting a job for a prominent church minister who is being blackmailed/threatened. From there we get to sit through the interviews Russ conducts and have insight into his interpretations from his empath side as well as his investigator side. He is direct but also a little vague so we can try to decipher the clues along with him. Pieces of the story unfold before us and build until the mystery is finally solved. What a good mystery it is! You might figure out who early on, but then the true meat of why is revealed and it is shocking!
I loved the real world elements within the book. The addition of reparative therapy, renowned evangelical minister, LGBT organizations, musical references and the local setting all painted a very realistic feel to the story. It was all well planned and spanned over a decade. Very impressive. I am from that region of Colorado and the descriptions of streets and places Russ frequents are spot on! I was shocked to discover the author was from Florida, they were that good!
I thought Enigma was an excellent read. The story was interesting and moved at a nice pace. I was pulled into Russ’s world and all his great attributes as well as his faults. He was not a perfect guy but he was well aware and working every day to maintain his sense of self. The title is listed as A Russ Morgan Mystery. Does this mean a series?! I hope so because I’m totally sold on Meeker’s writing!
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS