Book Review: Act of Murder by John Bishop

Hey there, murder mystery fans! I’ve got another book for you to sink your claws into.

Goodreads Blurb

Act of Murder by John Bishop

Doc Brady became an orthopedic surgeon to avoid being surrounded by death. But now it’s everywhere around him.

One spring day in 1994 Houston, Dr. Jim Bob Brady witnesses his neighbor’s ten-year-old son killed by a hit-and-run driver. An accident, or an act of murder? After the death, Brady enlists the help of his twenty-year-old son J. J. and his wife Mary Louise in chasing down clues that take them deeper and deeper into a Houston he never imagined existed. In the process, they discover a macabre conspiracy stretching from the ivory towers of the largest teaching hospital in Texas to the upper reaches of Houston’s legal community, to the shores of Galveston.

Doc Brady soon realizes that the old adage remains true: The love of money is the root of all evil.



The murder of a child is always a horrific event, so be prepared to be appalled at the events of this book. And the ending, well you won’t see it coming.

Act of Murder is the perfect read for those who like a slow burner. It’s also great for those who like their murder mysteries more realistic, without the weight of red herrings and twists and turns.

Honestly, I found this book a bit too slow for me. I wanted more action surrounding the death of the 10-year-old boy but found the. story to be more about Jim Bob. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as it introduced new elements to the story that I enjoyed. For instance, the hospital scenes with Jim Bob were great and I would say the writing flowed best here. Also, it was refreshing to see in Jim Bob and Mary Louise an older couple with a good relationship and a healthy sex life.

Act of Murder is part of a series so it will be interesting to see what Jim Bob gets wrapped up in during the next book.

Pick up your copy of Act of Murder here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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