In the Books featuring Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel by Wendy Cartmell

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel by Wendy Cartmell.

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About the Book: An evil cult figure is bending the minds of British Army soldiers,making them do his bidding and forcing them to take the first, untimely, Steps to Heaven,
On Aldershot Garrison, Solomon, recently returned from the theatre of war, is found to have murdered his wife and son before committing suicide. With pressure building at home and other cases needing his attention, Sgt Major Crane tries to put the tragedy out of his mind. It was just a one-time-thing. That is, until it happens again…
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My Review: After reading the prequel, I was looking forward to reading this and I wasn’t disappointed. As with the best mysteries, the detail of the characters and surroundings is fantastic and flows well within the story. The military aspect is no less detailed as we’re given a brief glimpse into military life as they and the civilian police work together to solve the murders. As a result, the action is smooth and seamless as the story progresses from one case and event to another.

If there is a drawback, it’s that Sgt Billy Williams plays an important, but smaller role than expected from the prequel short story. It’s not bad as we get to see his reactions through the eyes of the main character, Sgt Major Crane. To be honest, I didn’t even notice until partway through as the characters and story were that compelling.

As with the story, the characters were well done and believable, especially Sgt Major Crane. I could feel his frustration and understand his fear as he balanced finding the cult leader and his personal life. I really enjoyed seeing him work and push those around him to get the job done, but my favorite parts were with his superior. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but their relationship was rewarding for me in the end.

This is a fantastic start to a mystery series and something you don’t want to miss.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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