I am relatively new to the genre of Christian mysteries and work
I am relatively new to the genre of Christian mysteries and works Deb Brammer has written. Broken Windows provided insight into that genre (which I now want to read). I really liked this book and could personally relate to the characters and situations which is quite unusual!! Deb Brammer wrote a great mystery with good character development and descriptive writing. I found the start of the book to be slowly engaging, but it didn’t take long before I was hooked and had to read “the rest of the story”. The world truly needs an influx of this type of mystery; well-written, no vulgarity, no overly descriptive blood and gore and no hard-hitting, descriptive impulsive sexual innuendo or visual pictures. I am someone who LOVES well written cozy mysteries. The writing was warm, engaging, and I quickly found I liked this book, but when I finished, I wanted a bit more, I believe that's a good sign. I’m hoping the author will have a sequel. Unlike the typical cozy, Brammer’s story unravels much like Murder She Wrote. The various crime stages were set, and we follow the amateur sleuths as they hunt for clues to each situation. We want to scream “duck” or “don’t go there!” as conspirators lurk around every corner. The bad guys have a few scenes of their own, and there’s something else going on with each character’s lives that are part sideline and part red herring. The author did involve several unanticipated suspects which kept me turning pages. I enjoyed this book once it got past the few chapters of introductions which often happens when you start a new series. The characters are realistic and found myself not wanting to put it down. The author did a good job developing the plot and characters. The dialogue many times had me laughing out loud. Other times I could feel each characters frustration and pain, especially Jordan’s. The mystery surrounding a murder and graffiti kept me guessing as to and why. The romance in the book was handled in such a way that kept me wondering “who”, and many times the actions and interactions of the characters had me shaking my head. I really liked the way that the author kept Zophie centered in her belief in God’s path for her life. With all the craziness that happened to Jordan, I believed his friends truly believed that God would guide their way to support their friend. There were some surprises in the ending but it was a good ending. Deb Brammer paints a beautiful representation of forgiveness and accurately portrays a young man working through his faith making it his own. Jordan is the perfect main character. The reader follows his journey as he “finds himself” as an artist, struggling with questions about life and faith, learning tough life lessons, and make new friends. The role of Leon, an abused child, allowed Jordan to use art as a way to create a friendship with a special young boy and make a difference in someone’s life. Broken Windows deals with unanticipated death, varying levels of disability, theft and a whole range of other issues common in society today. As Jordan tries to settle in with a group of young adults after moving to a new city, accepting an invitation to live with Matt, living with Spinal Bifida, assisting with his care and transportation. This mystery gives realistic insight into the world of the disabled. The apartment also provides housing for Alison and the impetuous idealist, Zophie (each dealing with the potential upheaval and/or unknown of all of their future plans.). These young adults run a struggling Bible club for street kids and unwittingly involve Jordan. Yes, everything can go wrong at once. But yes, you can also keep on keeping on while you solve a crazy mystery. "God will make a way" takes on a whole new meaning as Jordan's adventures unfold. I recommend this book to teens and adults who likes a good, clean, Christian cozy mystery. "Cozy Mysteries” are written for people like me. Intelligent individuals looking for a “fun read” that engages the mind, as well as provides entertainment. A book to “look forward to getting back to.” That describes my experience with Broken Window. The interwoven suspense, romance, and humor to keep the story flowing. Mixed with the various trials and tribulations the Lord allowed into each characters life, making them ask many questions about their lives and God’s will keeps the story real. If there is a sequel, I would like to the progression, hopefully growth, of Jordan’s personal relationship with God. Broken Window provided comfort food for the soul as I read it on several frigid winter evenings. Disclaimers: With a grateful heart, I’m thankful to the author, Deb Brammer, for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this review are my own.
March 2, 2015
Jordan is a young man who is struggling with his place in the world and with his relationship to God. The Lord brings various trials and tribulations into his life, making him ask many questions. He ends up with a group of friends, including a roommate with spina bifada, that help him (and sometimes hinder him) along his journey. I like a mystery and appreciate a book I can read without fear of foul language, gruesome details, or inappropriate relationships. I would recommend this book to anyone, of any age. I was given a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
February 10, 2015