Book Review: Sportsman's Bet by: Judy Nichols

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Smashwords

Publish Date: May 31, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Velma Saunders, the town clerk of Tobias, North Carolina never had a kind word to say to anyone. In fact, most people were afraid of her, including her boss, Mayor Mike Ellis.

Still, the whole town is shocked when Velma's body is found in the Municipal Building's old bomb shelter. The only clue to her murderer is a copy of a cryptic message from a Nigerian Email scammer.

All the evidence points to Mayor Mike, who's charged with killing Velma. Investigator Ian Dodge, a British transplant who's never quite taken root in the Deep South,sets out to find out who else hated Velma enough to kill her.

In the course of his investigation, Ian discovers the dark secrets Velma has been hiding all these years, and exactly why she was so mean.

Review: British ex-cop turned private investigator Ian Dodge is now living in Tobias, North Carolina. He gets caught up in trying to discover the truth about Velma Saunders’ murder. Velma was the secretary/town clerk for the Mayor of Tobias and most people feared Velma as she hid her secrets behind a veil of animosity. Tobias is rocked by Velma’s murder and it’s up to Ian to help prove Mayor Mike Ellis’ innocence. Could the secrets from Velma’s past have surfaced to claim her life?

Ms. Nichols’ first book in the Ian Dodge series is a winner! The Southern small town characters had a lot of flavor and the secrets to be uncovered were deep and dark. The reader follows the events as they unfold through Ian’s narration with a bit of Southern and Cockney Rhyming slang thrown in for color. Each of the characters are fleshed out nicely and each chapter gives us another piece to solving the mystery. Written with a sense of humor and of the mysterious, ‘Sportman’s Bet’ is a intriguing first novel in the author’s new series. 

Ian Dodge Mysteries Series: Sportsman's Bet (1)


  1. I read this, and I totally agree with your review. I am looking forward to the next installment of Ian Dodge's cases.


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