Joshua & The Shadow of Death by Gary McPherson
Thank you to the author and JKS Communications for sending me a copy of this one - all opinions are my own.
I flew through this one (which at 213 pages its a bit like a novella) and genuinely enjoyed the story. This was a very quick read, with non-stop action from chapter to chapter. The story never breaks pace, right through, which adds handily to the ability to burn through it at record speed.
I liked the variation in characters in this one, specifically the way that Joshua, the psychiatrist and Harold, his mentally ill patient, play off one another. Harold's illness was intriguing as it had the twist to it which allowed him to be exceptionally strong when he was having an episode, and I think this piece will be interesting growth to the characters as the series continues.
I also enjoyed the interactions between Harold and Joshua - they made an excellent pair, and I would be curious to see how their relationship evolves after the events of this book.
I also liked that the mystery itself was cleverly put together and unwound itself neatly - in a reasonably plausible way.
Overall, this was an enjoyable quick read for me, and I look forward to seeing how this series moves forward.