Matthew Iden writes crime fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist. His debut detective series–A Reason to Live, Blueblood, One Right Thing, and The Spike–features retired DC Homicide cop Marty Singer.
An eclectic resume–he's held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program–has given him inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven't hurt in the creative juices department, either.
on March 10, 2014 :
An excellent read, well written and edited. I recommend it highly.
(review of free book)
Ruth Ann Hixson
on Oct. 18, 2012 :
A Reason to Live
By Matthew Iden
Iden's A Reason To Live is a fast paced detective story that has action from the first paragraph to the end of the book. Retired Homicide Detective Marty Singer finds himself in an unusual situation. He retired when he learned he had cancer. He never expected the daughter of a murdered woman would come to him for help after twelve years. But that is exactly what happened.
Amanda Lane asked him to help her because she was sure the man who murdered her mother was now after her. Michael Wheeler, a former DC cop, was acquitted of her mother's murder and seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth. But now he is back. She found white carnation petals and was sure he'd come back for her. She swore no one else knew about the carnation petals he used to scatter around for her when she was twelve when her mother was still around.
Marty agrees to help her but finds the job taxing to his weakened body, especially after a round of chemo. He goes to his old partner, Jim Kransky, who isn't exactly thrilled to have Marty come around asking for help. But Marty needs someone on the inside of the police force to get him information.
This book is excellently written and the action draws you in. I read the book in less than twenty-four hours because I just couldn't put it down. I've read a lot of mysteries and this rates right up there with the best of them. Iden's characters seem as real as if they were right there in the room with you. If you like a good mystery, this is a book well worth your time.
Review written by Ruth Ann Hixson
(reviewed within a month of purchase)