Fiction - Mystery - Murder
432 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Crosswired is a work of murder mystery fiction with some paranormal themes and was penned by author D. Philip Miller. Intermingling the genres of psychological thriller, murder mystery, and cross-cultural themes, we meet an enigmatic cast of characters as a terrifying killer preys on the young women of Puget Sound, Seattle. Reporter Alex Hart is on the case but finds himself haunted by strange insights into the mind of the killer. Along with his colleague and lover Pauline, Alex teams up with a mysterious shaman of Native and African American heritage who might just hold the key to everything the killer is doing, and why.

Having read some superb character work by author D. Philip Miller just recently, I enjoyed this new foray with a diverse and interesting cast as well. Alex is an everyman hero, imperfect but plucky and someone you can truly root for. Fox Parker, however, is the real star of the show, with his enigmatic ways and questionable actions: a shining side character who becomes a focal point. There’s a well-developed atmosphere of creepy goings-on in the tale, though the plot progresses a little too leisurely to be called a helter-skelter type of mystery. For fans of a slow burn and a psychological drama, however, the pacing is excellent as you explore the mind and motives of a terrifying persona. Overall, Crosswired packs a lot of atmospheric and character-driven punch and is a good, solid read for mystery fans.