I love all book genres which involve solving crimes: Romantic Suspense, Cozy Mysteries, Police Procedurals, Private Detective Novels. So it’s been great to discover that more and more Christian authors are delving into this area to provide top-notch mysteries enhanced by deeper faith messages. One such author is Mark Mynheir, who writes the Ray Quinn mysteries. Have you heard of Ray Quinn?
If you’re drawn to an angst-filled hero who hides his heart of gold behind wise cracks and a tough demeanor, you’ll love PI Ray Quinn, the protagonist of Mark Mynheir’s The Corruptible. Ray is a battered ex-homicide detective who was left both physically and mentally crippled by a recent trauma—a barrage of bullets that ruined his leg and killed his female partner (who was also his fiancee). Now medically retired, Ray hobbles around on a cane, numbs his pain and guilt with alcohol, and applies his quick wit to solving mysteries for paying clients.
Like any great PI, Ray has an entourage. His young partner Crevis Creighton provides the muscle to protect Ray and intimidate any bad guys they might provoke. Crevis wants to be a policeman but can’t pass the test. (He’s also not so great around dead bodies.) So Ray’s new best friend Pam Winters hangs out to tutor Crevis. Ray solved a case involving Pam’s brother, who was a pastor, and thus earned Pam’s gratitude and friendship.
One thing I really loved about this book was Ray’s relationship with Pam. Pam is a Bible-believing Christian, who shares Christ with Ray in a very natural manner. He listens to her and trusts her because she’s the one person in his life who has never let him down. Nothing romantic develops during this novel. But since this is only the second story featuring Ray, there’s always hope for future installments of his adventures!
Ray is many-faceted: he’s a lovably irascible friend, an alcoholic longing for redemption, and a detached, detail-driven detective. He kind of reminds me of these guys . . . (You knew this was coming, right?)
Here’s an excerpt from what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about The Corruptible:
“Funny exchanges between partners, impeccable action writing, and smooth pacing propel the narrative. The author knows the cop-and-investigation gig, but offers more, managing to be witty, insightful, and introspective. Throw away the cane, Mr. Quinn: you’ve got more cases to solve and a new audience that will knock you over to get to the next one.”
This book would make a great Father’s Day gift! Follow this link to purchase a copy.
***Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a copy of this book for me to review.
How ’bout you? Did you love Mannix, Quincy, Magnum, Rockford? Who was your favorite TV detective?
About the author: Mark Mynheir was born and raised on the east coast of Central Florida. Like most boys growing up, Mark enjoyed sports, mainly football and martial arts. In 1983, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After serving four years in the Marines, Mark changed gears and pursued a career in law enforcement. During his career as a police officer, Mark has worked as a narcotics agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, and a homicide detective.
Over seventeen years ago, during a health crisis involving his oldest son, Mark gave his life to Jesus Christ. Shortly after his conversion, he felt God leading him in a new direction: writing. Now he balances dual careers as a police officer and novelist. Mark is married to the love of his life and has three fantastic children. They all currently reside in Central Florida.