Genre: Paranormal investigation thriller
Author: R. J. Davies Mornix
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I happened to read this little book of Canadian detective fiction over the past week, titled Maddox Files: Back to Business. This book written by R. J. Davies Mornix is the start of a series and introduces a young 26-year-old female character named Dice Maddox.
When the story begins, Dice Maddox is returning to the private investigating career she has left behind. She is still trying to get over the loss of the death of a partner. The death shakes her, and makes her discontinue her private investigation career, and she even takes up a “conventional” job. However, a detective can never really stop looking closely at things. She returns to her job, and that’s when she gets her client – Ryan Winters. Ryan, with whom the story begins, is married to a woman who he believes might be much more than what meets the eye. There is strong reason to suspect that the woman might be more than human, maybe even an alien. And that is where the troubles begin.
Throughout the book, the story is brought to life with other stories such as that of Dice Maddox’s Aunt Sophie and her new partner, and her interactions with Chris and a mysterious man named Ty. As the story unfolds, we find ourselves being pulled deeper and deeper into Dice Maddox’s life.
The best thing I liked about the book is that the paranormal element does not spring up right in the face, but it grows more organically. Without giving away spoilers, I’d say we realize this book has to deal with the paranormal when some strange but insignificant mysterious hints begin to appear. Dice Maddox catches even these small clues, and that is when she realizes the thing is much bigger than it appears. This is how the book grows for the reader too – it starts slow and then takes you higher and higher into the excitement till you are right at the vortex of the big happenings.
Now, for the downsides. The book could have done with better editing. There are several language and grammatical mistakes that might at times be picked up by a discerning reader. Perhaps another round of editing will make this a much better story. Also, the story feels stretched in places, and facts are repeated at times. In paranormal detective fiction, the crisper the book is, the better.
I’d still recommend this book for its good story. If you like investigation and paranormal both, then Maddox Files: Back to Business is a good quick read. You will have fun with the book once you are in it; that’s for sure.
You could get find out more about the book on Amazon here.