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Beth's Review: The Tenth Nail by Kwen D. Griffith


PUBLISHER: Kwen Griffeth

NARRATOR: Paul J. McSorley

RELEASED: december 1, 2016

GENRE: mystery, thriller, suspense

LENGTH: 13 hrs and 19 mins

FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible







Detective Nate Burns knelt beside the dead girl. This wasn’t his first homicide; it wasn’t even the first dead prostitute he’d investigated. It wasn’t the first strangling death he’d been assigned to. But, this one bothered him. Maybe it was her youth, she appeared to be in her early twenties. Maybe it was her looks, as death had yet to rob her of her beauty. Maybe she reminded him of his own daughter, who was only a few years younger. Maybe it was something else he hadn’t or couldn’t identify. Gently he lifted her hand and examined her broken and torn fingernails. She had fought so hard to live. He looked into her lifeless eyes and made her a promise. He swore he’d bring her killer to justice. He vowed he would, as much as possible, balance the scales. The Tenth Nail is the story of a homicide detective, while haunted by past sins and actions, becomes obsessed in finding the killer of a streetwalker. The investigation leads the detective on a hunt from Albuquerque, to Las Vegas. Determined to catch the killer, Burns jeopardizes, his career, friendships, and his marriage. The Tenth Nail is fast paced, with well-developed characters, detailed plot, and a twist at the end most will not see coming.


The Tenth Nail is a murder mystery of a sort, but it’s also about so much more. We meet Nate, the detective; his co-workers, family, and so many other characters. Each character is introduced with their huge unique personalities, allowing every reader to relate to at least one.

The story is well written, with a few exceptions; some of the jokes didn’t make sense to me, it could just be me. The banter was too much and a little too rude at times, even for detectives. Nate walks a fine line between a serious detective and straight up as*. I don’t like him. I listened to the audible version of this, and I’m not sure if he was written to be an as*, or if the narrator made him sound like one.

Overall, I rate The Tenth Nail with 3 Boundless Stars. It was good.

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