Searching For Truth: A Jake Scott Mystery

Jake Scott Mystery Series Book 1

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Pub Date 1 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 29 Oct 2021

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The truth could be deadly for him and people he cares about. Can this former reporter resist an enticing story despite the consequences?

Former journalist Jake Scott relies on his weekly breakfast gatherings with friends and a temperamental tabby cat named Oliver to keep his spirits up. He has lost his wife, retired from his job and watched his daughter move to Toronto with her boyfriend.

Things change when one of the breakfast attendees, a beautiful and tenacious police detective with a troubled teenage daughter, suggests Jake should write a book. When he takes her advice and researches a convicted murderer’s case, he finds out something is terribly wrong. Could a member of the breakfast group be hiding a secret deadly enough to commit murder?

Jake follows leads that uncover a mysterious and disturbing rollercoaster ride of clues, all while his attraction for the detective grows. An attempt to force the true murderer out of hiding results in a terrifying ordeal on the coldest night of the year.

Searching For Truth is written by the author of The Marcie Kane Thriller Collection, one of the Authors Show's "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" list in 2012 and the winner of multiple literary awards.

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The truth could be deadly for him and people he cares about. Can this former reporter resist an enticing story despite the consequences?

Former journalist Jake Scott relies on his weekly breakfast...

Advance Praise

"Don't let Jake's pipe-and-slippers persona fool you into thinking this is just a cozy mystery. It's not. It's merely a disguise for a sharp and compelling whodunnit. I consider myself quite a good guesser of whodunnits, but Mr F had me well stumped"".- Cath 'N' KIndle Books

"Murder mystery readers are in for a treat!" – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review"

"Don't let Jake's pipe-and-slippers persona fool you into thinking this is just a cozy mystery. It's not. It's merely a disguise for a sharp and compelling whodunnit. I consider myself quite a good...

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I kind of went back and forth on this book! Thus book had a little bit of everything! It had a great storyline, A great who done it, suspense, action, intrigue and a few twists and turns! I definitely enjoyed reading this book! It wasn't to bad of a heart pounder, it had my heart racing a few times but not to much of a nail biter! But it's definitely worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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Great book with great characters, and an interesting premise. It takes you on the roller coaster along with Jake, and that means it becomes hard to put down as you want to know more, and more. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This novel has so much going for it, a great storyline, suspense, action, intrigue with a few twists thrown into the mix. I found it to be a really fast-paced edgy thriller.

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First, let me just say that this is an author that is new to me, and I have to say that I will definitely be reading more works from Barry Finlay. Searching for Truth was from the moment I started at page one to the very end was one that kept you engrossed and kept you glued to the book wanting to know what happened. As Jake investigated and researched this case that he was writing about for his book, it became clear to him that things weren't what they seemed. I also wanted to figure out what had happened and who was the murderer.

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A very good character driven murder mystery novel set in Ottowa. Jake Scott is a retired journalist with too much time on his hands. His regular Saturday breakfast crowd includes an attractive police detective and through her Jake hears of a double homicide. Everyone seems convinced that the convicted murderer is guilty but Dani has her doubts. Jake investigates, thinking of writing a book on the case. At the same time he is getting closer to Dani and her teenage daughter. But as the case develops he gets more than he expected ... This is well written and fast paced, with a cast of well developed characters. Barry Finlay is a new author to me, and I'm hoping to read more of the Jake Scot series soon.

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Searching For Thruth was my first attempt to read a mystery novel that wasn't cozy and I've really enjoyed it. It was challanging, but after the prologue that made my heart rate spike high and made me so anxious I was scared to keep reading, it was all downhill. The writing is addicting, the plot is intricate, the freezing Ottawa scenery goes perfectly with the story's tone. I've never read a Barry Finlay novel but I assure you this won't be the last. Jake Scott is a retired journalist, widower who lives with his grumpy cat. He interrupts his loneliness and boredom meeting some friends for the Saturday breakfast. One day at the table someone suggests to Jake to write a book as a hobby to be more active. That's why Daniela, one of the most recent member at their breakfast table and Staff Sergeant of the homicide squad, tells him to take a look to a murder case that has some shadows. Will Jake be more happy now that he has something to keep him busy? Or the risks to be involved in something bigger than him are too high? It was interesting to see how the relationships between these characters changed throughout the story, as everyone is a possible suspect at one time or another. I particularly liked the growing friendship between Jake and Dani and her daughter, I hope to read more about these characters.

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Jake Scott was previously one of the most well-known journalists in the area. These days he's retired, his wife has passed, and his daughter has moved away. Other than his car, Oliver, he's mostly alone. He does, however, attend a weekly breakfast gathering with several friends, new and old. One of his newer friends is Danielle, a Homicide Detective. At one of these morning meetings, she suggests that Jack write a book .... and she has just the thing for him. Several years ago a man was accused, charged, and found guilty of murdering his wife and her lover. Danielle is of the belief that the man is innocent. Her partner at the time, was anxious to retire and wanted this case closed ..Pronto. As Jake starts to investigate, he finds discrepancies, and as he questions, friends, families, co-workers, the closer to danger he gets. Someone out there wants Jake to stop poking his nose in ... his house is broken into, he's assaulted, and he's receiving threatening notes. This is well written, a nicely paced mystery with solid characters. Intrigue and suspense with twists and turns lead to an explosive conclusion. The is the beginning of a new series for this author and I look forward to seeing what happens next to these engaging characters. Many thanks to the author / BooksGoSocial / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

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Searching for Truth: a Jake Scott Mystery is a very good story to start a new series. This is the first book I read by Barry Finlay and I really enjoyed his writing style which is easy to read. The plot is well put together and the mystery keeps on growing and keeping the reader's attention. Jake has to find a new challenge in his life after retirement, and he also needs more friends and companionship. But as reality is settling in, more and more doubts as to whom he could trust and whom he should not keep on getting mixed up and it becomes difficult to find a safe path. Jake is easy to get accustomed to and friendly enough, he needs now to get a good grip of his retirement years and move on. I downloaded a free copy of this book through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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The cat side kick is enough to make this book worth reading! This book will quickly draw you in with an intriguing mystery and cracking prose, but the characters are what make it great. I loved Jake and his tabby cat.

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I received this book as an ARC and this is my review. This story is a detective story mixed with friendship, a hint of romance, and a mystery to be solved. The characters are varied and multi-dimensional. This book starts with a bang and is filled with non-stop action. I recommend this story to readers who enjoy a good adventure filled with friends determined to dig for the truth - no matter the consequences.

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