Sunday, December 6, 2020



 A Natalie McMasters Mystery, Book 5

Crime Fiction

Date Published: November 16, 2020

Publisher: Tekrighter, LLC

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A crazed sniper. A loved one wounded, in danger of death. The unforgiving Fake News media. And a hidden villain more loathsome than any that Natalie McMasters has encountered before.

Nattie’s in the crosshairs as a series of seemingly random shootings terrorizes the city. She must fight to keep her polyamorous family from disintegrating, her emotions from running wild and her personal integrity uncompromised. This would be a formidable task for anyone, much less a twentysomething college student who just wants to graduate and get on with her life. Nattie must rely on old friends and new, but how can she even, when friends can become enemies in the blink of an eye? As Nattie nears an emotional meltdown, society collapses along with her, as the sniper’s depredations take their toll on the city.

Sniper! is a twisted, sexy, absolutely gripping descent into darkness jam packed with nail-biting suspense. Don’t miss it!

My Review...

This is the second Natalie McMaster’s book I’ve read by Thomas A Burns. Both were the same. No, no, wait...I mean each was as good a read and as exciting as the other, not a replica of one another. Natalie McMasters is a Private Detective and a pre-law student. She’s an “in your face” kind of person and lives in what some might call an unusual living arrangement.

I like all of Burns characters. They each have his or her own place and are created to fit in a very difficult puzzle. This book deals a lot with people and their views on gun control as well as your normal crappy political games. Around all of it winds Burns story involving Natalie and her family.

This is a sort of gripping book with 2 plots. It makes you want to solve one while constantly wondering what is happening in the other. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a story that switches from one POV to another. It’s very clear just full of tension and suspense.

I must say there is one thing that began to make me yell at Natalie. Rather as if you’re sitting on the couch yelling at a football game on tv. I got tired of Natalie’s constant striking back at everyone. Sometimes in person; sometimes in her mind. It’s just that the subject seemed to go on and on. Sort of an “They started it” theme.

However, let me say something about all of this. An author who writes well enough to evoke enough emotion to get you yelling at the pages (or e-book) has a way with words, doesn’t he?

Waiting for the next Natalie McMasters book.


  About The Author

Thomas A. Burns, Jr. is the author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned B.S degrees in Zoology and Microbiology at Michigan State University and a M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Wendell, North Carolina. As a kid, Tom started reading mysteries with the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and Rick Brant, and graduated to the classic stories by authors such as A. Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout, to name just a few. Tom has written fiction as a hobby all of his life, starting with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copybooks in grade school. He built a career as technical, science and medical writer and editor for nearly thirty years in industry and government. Now that he's a full-time novelist, he's excited to publish his own mystery series, as well as to contribute stories about his second most favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, to the MX anthology of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.

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