The Blogger by James Raven


Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

The BloggerJames Raven’s stalwart and astute detective Jeff Temple is back for the fifth time around in The Blogger. A fast-paced and plot-twisting read, Raven’s newest work is a well-written and timely thriller perfect for our modern age.

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Internationally known and undoubtedly controversial Internet sensation Daniel Prince is no stranger to controversy. On his blog, People-Power, Prince is famous for breaking hard-hitting, and often politically devastating, stories that expose scandals, corruption, and other unpleasantries that are rampant within national governments. Most recently, a post on his blog caused several high-ranking British ministers to resign. Needless to say, Prince has made a lot of enemies. But when he is found dead outside his apartment building one night, all signs point to suicide.

Jeff Temple and his team are called in to investigate what looks like a textbook suicide case. But one interview with Prince’s fiancé, Beth Fletcher, however, raises Temple’s suspicions. Beth is adamant that Prince wasn’t suicidal, that he had never even shown any signs of depression. She’s convinced that one of the countless enemies that he had made through his blogging is guilty of foul play. And despite all other evidence, Temple is inclined to believe Beth. Further evidence in Prince’s apartment points towards murder, as well.

But unfortunately, there is no lack of suspects in this case. Aside from the countless enemies that Prince had made abroad, there are plenty of suspects at home as well. In his apartment alone there are several unsavory characters. There’s the sneaky apartment building concierge George Reese, whose wallow-demeanor and complete access to the entire building makes him more than capable of carrying out the deed; there’s resident Hari Basu, known for his temper and short-fuse, who had already quarreled with Prince several times; the seemingly mild-mannered Mr. and Mrs. Connor, who are mysteriously collecting a scrapbook of newspaper articles that mentioned Prince; and finally the mysterious married woman with whom Prince was supposedly having an affair—at least, that is, according to his friend and confidante Joseph Kessel.

It’s up to Temple and his crack-team, which includes his life-partner Angel, to delve through the many suspects in the hopes of ultimately catching a killer. But when Beth goes missing after vowing to take over the reins at Prince’s blog, the stakes become even higher, and Temple must race against the clock to stop a ruthless killer from striking a second time.

While occasionally containing stilted conversation and clichéd thriller tropes, Raven’s The Blogger is ultimately an enjoyable and fast-paced read for any lover of thrillers, mysteries, and plot-twists.


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