07 September 2015

Crime Scene - CSI Reilly Steel Prequel by Casey Hill

Title: Crime Scene - CSI Reilly Steel Prequel

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Scene-Prequel-Forensic-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00M1SNQO6/

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

I love mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and anything else from the family of blood and murder. But this book never grew on me. I don’t think it was the book’s fault. Before picking up this short (120 pages) prequel to CSI Reilly Steel series I should have checked the first couple of books. It might have helped me to get to know Reilly and her demons, letting me care for her. I want to discourage anyone from picking up Crime Scene as the first book in the series. Because as a first book it was weak. I loved the idea of FBI recruits training in a staged town, just like Mindhunters (which I didn’t really like, but the idea was great). I liked the simulations and virtual reality battles. But the main mystery wasn’t engaging enough.

Minor Spoilers:

This is a personal thing, but I prefer the kind of mysteries where the guilty party is among the characters, not behind the scenes. This kind of premise works with serial killers and killers on the loose, but from Crime Scene I was expecting I-would-never-suspect-this-person type of outcome.

End of Spoilers.

What I didn’t like (and it had nothing to do with Crime Scene being a prequel) was the point of view. I’d prefer a 1st person or 3rd person limited POV. I liked following Reilly and wanted to stay with her while she solved the murder instead of visiting other characters’ minds. They were not engaging.

Also there were grammatical errors. I wouldn’t say the book was riddled with mistakes, but I did spot a few.

review mystery suspense Casey Hill