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March 19, 2021

The Poet by Lisa Renee Jones ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Some call him friend or boss.
Some call him husband or dad.
Some call him son, even a favorite son.

But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet.

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The Poet
March 2021;  Entangled: Amara; 978-1682815175
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); psychological thriller
Samantha Jazz is a detective in Austin who has just been handed a new case.  The chief of police doesn't like her much because he replaced her deceased father who was a dirty cop and was killed in front of his daughter.  The only reason Sam got the new case is that she had studied poetry in college and that's exactly what this case needed.  Sounds a bit strange but the murderer left a piece of paper in the victim's mouth with several lines of poetry  She and her partner work well together solving cases but this new case brings a lot of questions and at times mistrust of each other.  As the murders continue, it looks as if the Poet is focusing on Sam and making it very personal.  Will she be able to solve the crime before she is in the sites of the murderer?

This is an intense thriller with a complex main character.  Samantha is a fantastic detective who is great at intuiting the clues to what really happened and to the mind of the murderer.  I wish that we were given more information about her -- I thought that she was pretty one-dimensional and all we were really told about were her exploits in the police department.  That said, she came across as a real Bad Ass cop.  I thought that the ending was a bit abrupt but I don't want to say much more about it at the chance of spoiling it for others.  I know I would have liked a little more build-up to the ending.

Overall, this is an intense thriller/police procedural that will keep the reader guessing.  I'm glad to see that it's the first book of a new series and I'm looking forward to learning more about Samantha Jazz.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. Since her travel plans had to be canceled for this year, she is starting to make plans for travel in 2021. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

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  1. I just finished this book this morning and agree with your analysis. Quick ending, but a good tense read.

  2. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours