Private investigator Jay Leicester (pronounced “Lester”) is a former airline pilot, wine enthusiast and an all around nice guy. Sandy Rinaldi hires Jay to find out what happened to her brother and art gallery partner Renato aka Nat. A botched art deal gone wrong leaves Sandy needing to know where her money, the art collection and her brother have gone.
Jay partners with local lawman J. L. Chamberlain and they soon find there’s much more to this baffling case than meets the eye. Together, they trace a tangled web of deceit, revenge and murder to a growing list of suspects – among them a ruthless Mafia boss.
Blind Overlook is an excellent character-driven mystery novel. J. C. Simmons is a wonderful writer who’s quite skilled at weaving an intricately compelling tale. I’m usually pretty good at figuring out who the actual criminal is before the end of a book, but this one had me guessing throughout. Keeping readers in suspense is the mark of a skilled mystery writer. When I’m stumped, I know the author’s good at what he does – engaging his readers.
Mr. Simmons does a fantastic job of adding intricate details. His descriptive character development is phenomenal. This definitely helped me connect with the characters in Blind Overlook, which is critical to involving readers in any story. I was able to become emotionally invested in the characters, and therefore in the outcome of the book.
I would highly recommend Blind Overlook for readers who enjoy well-written suspense novels that rely on gripping plots and believable characters, and that (thankfully) leave out all the gratuitous violence and sex.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton