Murder on the Mind by L. L. Bartlett is an Amazon favorite with over 1300 reviews. But it turned out to be something other than I expected. Meet Jeff Resnick, a widowed insurance investigator who was recently downsized and is living off unemployment benefits.
Jeff Resnick is about to start a new job after six months. So he is starting back at the bottom of the ladder but at least he will have a job to pay the bills and fill his time. His hopes are dashed when he is brutally mugged on his way home, and barely survives a serious brain injury. While in the hospital he has violent dreams, and dizzy spells, and is told that is to be expected because of his injury.
Jeff has an older half brother who is super rich and who whisks him away to the family home in Buffalo. Richard lives with his African American girl friend in a three story mansion that has bad memories for Jeff. When a local banker is found murdered, no, eviscerated, Jeff is shocked to recognize the man from his dreams. He realizes that he dreamt about the murder much before it happened. Now Jeff has occasional flashes of the murder scene, and can feel the emotions of someone who witnessed the murder.
The physician in brother Richard refuses to accept that Jeff has any special powers. But he reluctantly drives Jeff around. Jeff takes it on himself to solve the mystery and starts speaking to people and interviews them. More bodies will drop before Jeff can figure out who the killer is. Meanwhile, Jeff takes up with a pretty lady at the bank and goes on dates with ten bucks in his pocket. He also manages to solve an ancient mystery based entirely on his super powers.
Murder on the Mind blew my mind. I am so not fond of the paranormal genre, and I especially hate it when a book is categorized just as a ‘mystery’ or ‘thriller’ but is actually completely based on paranormal phenomena. I admit I may not have done some basic research like reading the product description, but I didn’t want to have any biases before I started reading. The premise of the whole book is this connection Jeff Resnick feels with someone, and what he sees in his dreams or in his visions. In addition to that, there is a lot of graphic description that might even make a butcher queasy.
Murder on the Mind is all ‘gore and guts’, and based on its popularity I can only say that there are many people out there who love reading this sort of thing. I am just not one of them!