Book review: Pattern of Wounds by J. Mark Bertrand Roland March Mystery Series #2

Pattern of Wounds, Roland March Mystery Series #2

Pattern of Wounds
J. Mark Bertrand
Roland March Mystery, Book 2
4 out of 5

Back of the book…

It’s Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman’s brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat—or did March convict the wrong man?

Alienated from his colleagues, and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives a series of taunting messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.

My thoughts…

In all fairness I have to say that I have not read the first book in this series. I’m sure that there are some elements of the story that you would understand better if you read the first book first. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and didn’t feel like I didn’t know what was going on.

This book is what I would call edgy. If explicit details offend you, then move along to your next book. But, if you are looking for something that feels real and tells it like it is, then this is your book. The details in the book make the story breathtaking. I found myself going to bed and then having to get back up to read just one more chapter.

One of the ways that I judge if a book is worthy of a recommendation is if there are passages in it that I feel compelled to read aloud to someone. Pattern of Wounds had some of those passages. I say get the book, but be prepared to spend some time being drawn into the crazy world of a homicide detective.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest opinions. No other compensation was received.


  1. This is my favorite kind of book! I have two bookcases full of them. Stopping by from the blog hop and now following you thru GFC and Facebook. I would love a follow back when you get the chance. Thanks so much for your help and have a wonderful day!


  2. Call me crazy, but I love murder mystery types of books/shows/etc. This book sounds interesting! Thanks for stopping by my blog...following you back :)

  3. I hadn't read book one either, and didn't feel lost while reading this one. I had a hard time putting it down as well.

    I enjoyed "meeting" you ladies over at Rosslyn Elliot's FB Party, and thought I'd stop by and say HI!


  4. This is my kind of book I'd love to read! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in my blog. Shall be back soon..

  5. Wow it's so nice to see other people enjoy this type of book. I just can't get over how awesome the cover is!


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