Garrett and Tiffanie Bate had it all—youth, money, and a perfect marriage. Until Tiffanie is killed in a suspicious accident. Neither the police nor the insurance investigators can prove she was murdered and the case turns cold. Two years later the insurance company asks an intern—former college professor turned private eye Ray Courage—to reopen the investigation. He uncovers little new evidence to support suspicions that Garrett killed his wife for the insurance money. Garrett has the perfect alibi—hundreds of witnesses that place him more than two hours from the scene of Tiffanie’s death. Ray knows he’s missing something. But what? As his search for the truth unfolds, Ray’s life is put in jeopardy and he realizes his adversary is someone who’ll kill before he’ll be caught. In this prequel to Courage Matters, Ray Courage begins his private investigation career, displaying the skills, abilities and sense of humor that have made him a fan favorite around the world.
Courage Begins is an 85 page novella from new-to-me author R. Scott Mackey. The author’s debut novel Courage Matters sits after this in his Ray Courage series.
I enjoyed this introduction to a new investigator. We had some sense of his character and background revealed to us during our case and there was enough there to encourage me to want to read more about him. The Sacramento setting also appealed to me.
We had a decent plot here and I was interested to see how our former college professor unravelled it when more experienced investigators had failed before him. Garrett Bate was cocky, confident and pretty sure he was home free after the suspicious death of his wife a couple of years previously. He was also over a million dollars richer. Courage starts off sedately enough, poking around, innocently asking questions. A mention of something maybe halfway through or a bit beyond, set an alarm bell ringing in my head and whilst I was correct, the author added a twist which I hadn't seen coming.
Overall, entertaining without being the best book ever, but I was satisfied and as a result intend to get to Courage Matters sometime soon.
Courage Resurrected follows-on after that.
4 from 5
R. Scott Mackey has his author website here.
Review copy received from the author.