Plot or Premise
A reporter, Liam Mulligan, investigates a series of arsons around his hometown.
What I Liked
Mulligan makes an intriguing sleuth, and he has lots of interesting characters running around the woodwork. He is far from Sherlock Holmes, nor is he Spenser for Hire taking on the tough guys. A bit more Donald Lam or Trace…slightly incompetent, but not Plum-funny. His partners-in-sleuthing are generally good.
What I Didn’t Like
There are quite a few “foreshadowing” hints dropped, and it made me figure out well-in-advance sometimes when certain things were likely to happen and how. Although, to be fair, a couple never happened (red herrings). And I thought the bad guys were all relatively obvious for the overall plot and motive.
The Bottom Line
A decent introduction of a new sleuth.