Official Review: The Chipmunk Murders by Rick Matkin

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Official Review: The Chipmunk Murders by Rick Matkin

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[Following is an official review of "The Chipmunk Murders" by Rick Matkin.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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With such an eye catching title, I was immediately intrigued by Rick Matkin´s new crime novel The Chipmunk Murders.

When detectives, Tina and Ken, are called out to a farm where a dead body was found, they immediately realize that nothing will be easy with this case. Not only does the crime scene encompass three different counties, there´s also a signature mutilation to the body which shocks them all.

With three different police forces involved, the jurisdiction and chain of events is quickly confused. When a second body is found, the police are at their wits end and have no concrete leads to follow. Tina and Ken look to some outside help for inspiration, but will they be able to solve the case before another body turns up?

Written in third person, the story incorporates a lot of different characters. Focusing mainly on Tina and Ken, the reader has an insight into their partnership. Tina is a force to be reckoned with, racing from one place to the next, looking into every possible theory to solve the case. This contrasts nicely with Ken´s more relaxed attitude. Older than Tina, Ken has more experience under his belt and is able to help ground Tina in some of her trains of thought. Mick, Ken´s friend, features quite prominently as well. Involved in the social services system, he is able to provide a different perspective for Ken, utilizing his unique experience and knowledge to assist his friend. The author uses Mick´s character to emphasise how childhood incidents can have severe impacts of an adult´s psychology.

Set in rural America, the chapters are divided up to represent each day, starting at day one with the first murder. This helped to illustrate the frustrations that a police force can encounter, with days passing without a break in the case no matter how much work is done.

This story deals with several serious issues such as sexual abuse, child abuse, suicide and body mutilation. While not unnecessarily graphic, the story does illustrate important loopholes in the social system which the author obviously feels strongly about.

While I enjoyed the idea of the storyline, the writing didn´t flow as well as I would have liked. The sentence structure seemed a bit static, with conversations appearing a little staged rather than flowing naturally. I also found several things repeated unnecessarily which affected the flow, making it drag a little. Unfortunately, as an avid fan of crime fiction, to me the ending was a bit predictable, but this certainly may not be the case for every reader.

Overall this was an enjoyable read and I rate it 3 out of 4 stars, mainly due to the flow of the writing. It’s good to see some of these unpleasant topics brought to light, which this book certainly does. This is a book for readers who enjoy a good crime story and who are able to cope with the serious subject matter.

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Post by Mercelle »

I love books and movies set in rural America. I'm interested in knowing how the police are going to solve what seems like an impossible murder to solve.
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I LOVE serial killer books and I started to read this one, but the synopsis on Amazon just wasn't clear enough and the title had me a little confused. Glad to know it's basically a good read aside from the stilted conversational style. Maybe I'll go ahead and pay to read it.... Thanks for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley »

It's definitely good when serious topics like these are brought forward. From the title, I would think it was a stupid book. I'm glad it was better than I thought...
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Post by Kat Berg »

This is a style that I tend to enjoy reading, although it becomes harder when the subject matter is child abuse. Those stay with me for such a long time. But add that to the conversation style not flow and this is probably not a book for me. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Kalin Adi »

The title does seem intriguing. Too bad the unnecessary repetition dragged the story, though. I hate when that happens. Thanks for sharing your ideas about this book.
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Post by Tpop »

micoleon13 wrote:[Following is an official review of "The Chipmunk Murders" by Rick Matkin.]

Its funny that the title is what drew you to reading the book. The title is what lured me to read your review. Although the title is amusing, your review does indicate that this is a well written novel. As a lover of mystery books, I might check it out.
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