Monday, February 27, 2012

The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner

I have to say, nothing is better than a weekend with minimal responsibilities and a good book to read! When I received James Renner's The Man From Primrose Lane, I couldn't wait for the chance to dive in. The promo material promised a murder mystery with a time travel twist, an overall genre-bending read. And it delivered!

David Neff is a true crime writer with just one book to his name. The Serial Killer's Protege made him a millionaire and nearly cost him his mind. What's worse, Neff hasn't been able to write a word since his wife's suicide four years ago. When his publisher approaches him with an idea for a new book, Neff immediately refuses, but the case of The Man From Primrose Lane turns out to be too puzzling for Neff to turn down.

The Man From Primrose Lane was brutally murdered in 2008. The police had no leads and no suspects. The case is colder than cold. As Neff digs deeper into the mystery, the police also discover new evidence -- evidence that makes Neff their prime suspect.

The Man From Primrose Lane is a dark and twisty mystery. There are multiple stories going on at once: Neff meeting his wife, Neff researching and writing The Serial Killer's Protege, the retrial after his book is released, The Man From Primrose Lane, some child kidnappings, and yes, time travel. It's awesome!

I'm such a fan of these mixed genre novels. The Rook, another hard to pin down multi-genre release this year, was admittedly my first favorite of 2012. The Man From Primrose Lane now joins the ranks of that list.

Renner is the author of two previous non-fiction releases. I'm not sure what he has planned next, but I sincerely hope there's more like Man in his future.

The Man From Primrose Lane should be available starting tomorrow (according to Amazon). Official publisher's date is March 6. Buy it. Read it. Love it!


Jenn's Bookshelves said...

Oooh! Once again, you've sold me! I must read this one!

Becky LeJeune said...

Jenn, I think you will totally love it!