16 February, 2015

#BookReview :: Mind Over Murder (Jake Roberts #2) by Cary Allen Stone

Detective Jake Roberts and FBI profiler Mika Scott return in the murder mystery Mind Over Murder––the long awaited sequel to After the Evil. Both await the arrival of the flight that brings the infamous serial killer Lori Powers back to the U.S. to face charges escorted by Interpol agents. 
Jared Hamilton is a genius, has earned multiple PhDs, and is twenty-five years old. His father Richard Hamilton is of one of the wealthiest men in the world. His mother Contessa was once an international supermodel. Jared has turned down offers by captains of industry, presidents of Ivy League universities, and Wall Street bankers. What Jared wants most is to be a criminal. He is already a world-class hacker and has committed a variety of felonies. Now he wants to experience the feel of blood on his hands. Jared wants to be a serial killer like Lori Powers and he wants Lori to be his consort. He devises a heinous plot to get Jake to bring Lori to him. When Jake discovers that he is Jared’s next victim he puts together a plan, albeit illegal, to stop him. 

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The story picks up after a few years of ‘After the Evil’ and Lori Waters has finally been caught and is being brought to stand trial. There has been enough publicity on her case and even a book has been written about her. Jake Roberts and Mika Scott are looking forward to justice being served. But what they do not know is that there is a new player around who is following their every move and has a plan in place. Inspired by Lori, Jared Hamilton plans to play a deadly game of murder which ends with the death of Jake Roberts. In a race against time, Jake Roberts is ready to do whatever it takes to survive and apprehend Jared.

Like the first novel in this series, here too the author has laid down all the major cards for the readers to see. There is no ‘whodunnit’ game to play as the culprit is shown from the beginning. But the thrill lies in the chase and in trying to guess what the next step going to be. It is different from traditional mysteries and I love it.

Jake Roberts seems to have matured over the years and the author has developed him well. I liked his character more in this installment. He not only steps up to do what it takes to do his job, but also to fulfill a reader’s expectation His relationship with Mika Scott is another aspect of the novel that intrigues me. Then there is Jared Hamilton. If Lori Powers were a formidable opponent, Jared is even more so. I love the way each character has his/her own back story to help us understand them better.

Overall, this is a thrilling follow up to the first novel in the series. In fact, I liked this more that After the Evil. 

Review Copy received from the Author


  1. Wow, I like the sound of this one! Great review. <3

  2. Will need it's previous book to enjoy it fully but thanks for the review..