Washington D.C. newspaper columnist Sam Turner, known to his readers as Mr. Ethics, faces his toughest moral dilemma yet: Can murder ever be justified?
That’s the question posed to him by a mysterious young woman who says she is being stalked and harassed by an ex-lover too powerful to be stopped any other way. Sam knows that journalists should never get personally involved in a story, but he finds he is being drawn deeper and deeper into this one whether he wants it or not.
So when Senator Wade Morgan turns up murdered, Sam fears the worst. Worried about his own involvement, the man who normally has all the answers is now the one making questionable decisions.
As his investigation into the Senator’s death begins to spin out of control, Sam finds he can’t let go—even as the case grows more complicated and the threats against his life become more immediate. With the fate of a young woman at stake and his own life in jeopardy, Sam can’t back down until the killer—whoever that may be—is brought to justice.
But this is D.C., and justice can be in short supply.
The Question Is Murder is a classic who done it that was very much fun. Perhaps it was my love of Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, and Hitchcock or my years enjoying Angela Lansbury and Matlock but I thoroughly enjoyed the fun roundabout way the story came together.
This meandering mystery was a very peaceful journey into how easily even the most stridently ethical person can slide into a path they never would have suspected. It’s further verification that it’s so much easier to see the missteps from the outside.
To be fully transparent I almost didn’t finish The Question Is Murder. The shifting point of view was quite disconcerting to me in the beginning and I considered putting it aside (like I’ve done to do many books in this last year!) But something about this kept tugging at me (it may have been that I wanted to be proven correct in my guess on the perpetrator 🙄 or it may have been that I was sure there was more to the story and needed to know what it was) and I just really wanted to finish this!
Author: Mark Willen
Source: Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours
Publisher & Date: Pen-L Publishing, May 14th 2021
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Amateur Sleuth, Psychological Thriller
ISBN: 1683132246 (ISBN-13: 978-1683132240)
Setting: Current Time, DC
Mark Willen was born, raised, and educated in New England, where he developed a special appreciation for the values, humor, and strength of its people, as well as the sense of community that characterizes so many of its small towns. After college, he moved to the Washington, DC area, where he quickly learned how the other half lives.
As a journalist, he has been a reporter, columnist, blogger, producer, and editor at The Voice of America, National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, Bloomberg News, and Kiplinger. Though based primarily in Washington, he has reported from datelines as varied as New York, Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Johannesburg. Having retired from journalism in 2010, Mark now divides his time between writing fiction and volunteer work. As a former graduate-level teacher of journalism ethics, he also tries to help people figure out the right thing to do in difficult situations through his blog, TalkingEthics.com Mark has a Masters of Arts in writing from Johns Hopkins University (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts in government from Dartmouth College.
The Question Is Murder is Mark’s debut mystery, but there is always an element of suspense in his novels. His earlier Jonas Hawke series, three books set in a small but troublesome town in Vermont, were also published by Pen-L. His short stories have appeared in The Rusty Nail, Corner Club Press, and The Boiler Review.
Mark lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Janet.
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