Forensic facial reconstruction artist Matti James tries to mend a troubled relationship and learn how highly placed her neighbors are within the Russian mob. Two horrific homicides near Las Vegas teach Matti the hard way that killers don’t want victims identified. Worse than that, the female victims are mad as hell they’re dead. After Matti completes the two reconstructionForensic facial reconstruction artist Matti James tries to mend a troubled relationship and learn how highly placed her neighbors are within the Russian mob. Two horrific homicides near Las Vegas teach Matti the hard way that killers don’t want victims identified. Worse than that, the female victims are mad as hell they’re dead. After Matti completes the two reconstructions, she realizes she’d spoken to both women shortly before they were murdered. Did her questions inadvertently cause these Russian hookers to die— or is something more sinister involved?...
|Title||:||The Kiev Connection (Matti James Mystery series) (Volume 2)|
|Number of Pages||:||268 Pages|
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The Kiev Connection (Matti James Mystery series) (Volume 2) Reviews
In "Bits & Pieces," her first Matti James mystery novel, M.A.R. Unger created an entirely new genre: The paranormal police procedural.Oh sure, other writers have written cop stories with ghosts that played a role in them, but they do not contain the amazing amount of detail that Unger's novels do. At best they might have a crime scene tech give a superficial explanation of how he ran a test and came up with a DNA match. Unger, however, explains in amazing detail how the facial reconstruction of a murder victim is done, how evidence is collected at a crime scene and even how to make borscht that even her Russian lunch guests enjoy.It is that attention to detail that separates Unger from other authors and makes "The Kiev Connection" more than just an interesting story with a few red herrings thrown in to keep the reader guessing until almost the final page.For those who don't know Unger's Matti James, she's a facial reconstruction artist and the widow of a Chicago detective who died under some fairly bizarre circumstances. Determined to jump start her life, in "Bits & Pieces" she started out for California but wound up in the desert near Las Vegas after wondering if she really wanted to compete with bronzed beach bunnies in micro-bikinis when she went to the beach in her black one-piece swimsuit. It was while settling into her new home that she met her first ghost - an InBetweener who was murdered and hasn't yet gone to The Great Beyond because she still has some business to complete on Earth. Not everyone can see InBetweeners, but Matti can for reasons that are not quite clear to her.In "The Kiev Connection" she meets more InBetweeners - murdered Russian prostitutes who are mad as hell about the fact they've been killed in extremely nasty ways. Working with the police, Matti is determined to help identify them by doing facial reconstructions and that gets her in trouble not only with the killers but also with a female Metro Las Vegas homicide detective who thinks she's getting in the way of the investigation.On top of that, Matti's newly found love interest, the mysterious Joe Chauncy, is keeping secrets from her - big secrets.Among them: The fact an extremely beautiful Russian hooker is living in his house.Matti's quirky female friends - a small cadre of women who get together to work on cold cases - are back in this novel as well and they provide a little comic relief to the grim business of the murder investigations.As in her previous novel, Unger's narrative flows smoothly and the writing - especially some of her descriptions of the desert and nearby mountains - is excellent. The plot has some nice twists and turns and her characters come alive on the page."The Kiev Connection" is an excellent read and a book that I highly recommend.
The Kiev Connection is the 2nd book in the series and I haven't read the first book so was very thankful that the author provided enough back drop for me to follow along. I do wish I had the first book to get further understanding of the relationship between Joe and Matti. I kept feeling like she was pushing too hard to find out info about what he does. The characters are very much alive and distinctive even the ones that are ghosts or inbetween. Matti is smart, beautiful and somewhat too curious for her own good. Her friends that make up her club are fun to read as some are extremely outrageous to more conservative type A personality. I was definitely impressed with the minute detail of the facial reconstruction process.The story pace is pretty fast as Matti starts getting the attempts on her life that start with her being followed and shot at. I think it is a different twist for Matti to have the supernatural contact although they didn't always say stuff that was helpful. I enjoyed reading the book and will most likely read the first book. Overall, good read for anyone who likes mystery thrillers mixed with the supernatural.
M.A.R. Unger is quite knowledgeable about the Las Vegas Valley after living there. She understands not only the lay of the land, but the spirit of the people who live there. What stands out about this book is the comprehension of the job that Matti James is employed. There is a large amount of information given about what a Forensic facial reconstruction artist is required to do, and know, in order to get an accurate facial photo so the victim can be identified. Matti James has a dog that finds bodies, which puts Matti and her sleuthing friends in the perfect position to help solve the murder. Matti is a beautiful, but curious lady who is always in the middle of trouble. She knows how to protect herself, but she still finds she needs her neighbor friend, Joe, every once in a while. Three murders solved at the end, but hopefully the next book will find a way to secure Alex of murder.
Since I’m a fan of the Glock 19, I found myself in immediate empathy with Matti James, the protagonist of The Kiev Connection. And true to her roots in the first book, Matti has a penchant for running into bodies galore. Finding our why they became corpses is also Mattie’s forte, and the discoveries are entertaining as are the author’s wonderful characters, Along the way, there’s fascinating detail of SCUBA diving and the art of facial reconstruction. This book is definitely captivating and highly recommended.
The author has placed a lot of thought into writing this novel.Read full review in the 2015 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.