Ray Courage’s wife, Pam, has been dead for 13 years—killed in a strange auto mishap, ruled an accident because no other vehicle was ever found. Ray has tried to move on with his life, with a modest degree of success, until one day he receives an email purporting to be from Pam, accusing him of trying to kill her. At first, he thinks it’s a sick joke, but he receives further communication, and then he learns that the police have been contacted and informed that he somehow tried to kill his wife.
In Courage Resurrected by R. Scott Mackey, we follow Ray as he struggles with the possibility that his wife is not dead, and furthermore, she is pretty steamed at him, believing he tried to do her in. He’s determined to get to the bottom of it, but that becomes complicated when a skeptical policewoman gets on his tail, and fresh corpses start turning up, with clues pointing at him. When one of his wife’s former co-workers ends up dead in his apartment, a warrant is issued for his arrest, and he has to make a decision—turn himself in, or go on the lam. In typical Ray Courage fashion, he decides to take the latter course of action.
In the third book in the Ray Courage mystery series, we follow Ray as he tries to stay one step ahead of the law while catching up with a killer who is determined to keep old secrets worth killing for.
Mackey writes with a deft touch of humor and a sharp eye for description of locale and human behavior. He’s also good at planting subtle clues that a sharp-eyed reader will pick up on, provided he or she is a really sharp-eyed reader. There are surprises, red herrings, and more twists than a roller coaster at King’s Dominion, and it’ll leave you just as breathless.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. I give it five stars.