Book Review: Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo

Book One (Volume 1) of the Friendship & Honor Series


SynopsisA string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good. 

Frankie has taken two oaths in his life--the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable. Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years--and risks losing his life. 

In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.


This story is all about friendship and oaths. To many of us oaths don't mean a whole lot and we can say, well you were kids when you did them so you can't expect to stick to them?! However, when you grow up in a culture or neighborhood where mob life is typical, oaths mean a lot! In this story, Frankie is torn between what his current "adult" life is like as a cop and an oath he made to his two best friends when they were just boys. As he is conducting his investigation he is coming across clues which are leading him to one of his two friends and in Giacomo does a great job of taking back to the time and place that is reminding Frankie of his past. I loved how the entire story flowed and you got a great feel for what Frankie was having to deal with. This would make a great movie!!


About the author: I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 41 animals--12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs. Oh, and one crazy--and very large--wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night--late at night--I turn into a writer.


To purchase your own copy of Murder Takes Time, visit AMAZON and purchase it for $17.99 or on your KINDLE for $4.99. You can also purchase on BARNES AND NOBLE for $17.99 or for your NOOK for $6.99. You can also visit Giacomo Giammatteo's website for more info on his series, upcoming works and to learn more about him personally HERE. Also follow him on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.


**I received a copy of this book for my review. However, these opinions and views are my own.

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