Mortom: population 986. On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral.
One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin’s death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn’t spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition.
But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it’s some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death … detailing the rules of “the game.”
Now I’m not usually a big mystery fan, but this book had me going from start to finish.Mortom grabbed my attention instantly, beginning with a conundrum in which the first clue is found inside the mouth of a dead rat…definitely a grabber.
Andy Crowl has the good fortune (or is it?) of inheriting his now dead cousin Craig’s home, but there are strings attached when he discovers he must solve the puzzle supposedly left behind by Craig himself. Andy isn’t alone in his hunt for answers, his sister Kate unwillingly gets dragged into the chase alongside him. As the clues get more and more confusing, Kate soon realizes that Andy will go to any lengths to find the truth in the hopes of finding a supposed “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow.
As the plot thickened, I became more and more eager to figure out what really happened to Craig and what all his bizarro cryptic messages meant. Multiple characters were introduced, new information was given, and I had my suspicions, but I wasn’t sure until the very end. I can’t necessarily say that the plot movement itself was fast paced, but enough developments occurred to definitely keep me interested. By the time everything came to a head, I only had some things figured out, so, I will say the big answer to it all threw me a curve ball for sure! I definitely had no idea that was how it was going to go down, and it had me on the edge of my seat! One thing that I will say that didn’t change throughout the book, is that Andy was an asshole through and through, and the ironic ending was perfect for him!
Mortom was an unique mystery that kept my intrigue throughout. I would definitely recommend it to any mystery book fans!
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