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What Follows

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Loved it! 😍

A fast-paced, rich story of a detective searching for the truth in a sea of lies.

What Follows by Dylan Jones is an example of a great crime story. I really enjoyed the characters, though there are quite a few. At times, it can be confusing to keep up with the myriad of characters, but it wasn't enough to detract from the story.


"He glimpses the girl’s face carved out in the shape of the stars, her hand reaching to him as she passes to a place he can’t follow, taking her secrets with her."


The story begins with the death of a beautiful young girl. The subtlety of her death and who may have caused grabbed me from the start. I was intrigued and sad, both making me want to know more.


Cue to our protagonist, Detective Roscoe Tanner, a seasoned cop investigating homicides. He is driven by his own intuition, to hell with what anyone else thinks. Tanner is a classic detective, familiar but still impactful. At times, Tanner sounds prejudiced and maybe a little racist. I'm not sure if that was intentional or not.


"Tanner’s left cheek twitched. The kid was a smart-ass. “Don’t sound like you’re from around these parts, Moonshine?”


I'd say the only downfall for the book is keeping up with the story. It keeps moving, never feeling bogged down or boring, but with the combination of so many characters, the story can be hard to keep up with.


The dialogue in the story runs smoothly. I enjoyed the author's use of different voices, all of which felt authentic. Each character is distinct in their mannerisms and way of speaking, which I felt lent to the story in a positive way.


"Panic had hemorrhaged through the crowd. A single gunshot echoing through the vigil, the reverent stillness of the minute of silence in Catalina Gomez’s honor shattered into a million pieces."


Overall, I recommend this book to those who enjoy a typical detective novel. It's gritty and doesn't pull any punches. The twists are exciting and some were unforeseen. I look forward to reading more of Dylan Jones' writing in the future.

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Rachel Patterson's poetry has been published in several literary journals, such as The Penmen Review. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English, and she is completing her MFA in Creative Writing. Rachel lives near Pittsburgh with her husband, son, and three crazy cats.

About the author

Dylan H. Jones pens the best-selling Tudor Manx Mysteries set on the Welsh island of Anglesey. Originally from Anglesey, Dylan now lives in Oakland, California with his wife Laura, and their daughter, Isabella. view profile

Published on July 11, 2022

Published by Bloodhound Books

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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