A review by downtown_kb
Madison Square Murders by C.S. Poe

dark emotional funny mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


 Larkin is the lead detective in the cold case division in the NYPD. Remains found after a tree falls in Madison Square Garden, and the death mask found along with it, forces him into an unexpectant partnership with Doyle from the forensics artists unit.

I immediately was sucked into this because of Larkin. He has a lot of the similarities to Sherlock Holmes: in mannerisms and his superior deduction skills. This was some fascinating character development and I really liked that we got to know Larkin as we also solved a murder mystery. There were never any info dumps but a lot of piecing together of who he was. He is in an established relationship at the start of this book but that person is not the LI so that also was not something I typically read, and despite some reviews that didn’t care for it, I think it wasn’t drama for drama's sake but also furthered the character development. This is definitely a slow burn in an ongoing series but if you like prickly mcs paired with total sweethearts and some good mystery this was a great read. Larkin is truly a fascinating character.

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