Cowgirl Critique: The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

What do you get when you cross a crotchety retired police officer with a learning disabled assistant and a Christian secretary? A book full of larger than life characters and a story that will hold your interest until the end.

Ray Quinn is a private investigator. After working for the Police department as a homicide detective for over 20 years, he is now his own boss. This book begins his journey on his second biggest case. Written from first person perspective, Ray journals his thoughts and steps to solving a case that is quite baffling to everyone involved.

Realistic. If I were asked to give one word to describe this book, this is it. Ray Quinn is a very well-developed character. His problems are real, not sugar-coated and reading the story from first person made me feel as though I was privy to his most private thoughts. His character was consistent. Mynheir should definitely get 5 stars on writing convincing real-life people.

The story gives the reader a real glimpse into the life of a private investigator and the homicide detectives too. The way that Ray thinks and the decisions he makes are part of this very captivating story. I was also fascinated by the method and procedures that homicide detectives follow while solving a case. The pacing of this book was another part of lending to its reality. While many times, fiction books will be sped up for thrill, this book did not do that. I have to admit that at times I was frustrated by the slowness in the pacing. However, after reading through and finishing the whole story, I realize that the gait of this book was another crucial element lending to the credibility of a non-fiction feel. Also, the who-dunnit was surprising to me, which was a huge plus!

I was pleased to learn that Mark Mynheir was a law enforcement officer for twenty-three years. No wonder he was able to write such a realistic, well-thought out, evenly paced, suspenseful mystery.

As far as the Christian message in this book? Don’t read it for that. It will disappoint you. Ray Quinn is not a believer, nor is he even searching. His Christian secretary is a breath of fresh air for those of us who love the Savior. Still, nothing in the story was so offensive (even with Ray’s alcoholic tendencies) that I couldn’t move past it.

My rating: I’m going to have to give this book 3 stars, which to me means that it was a nice one-time read, though I had a few personal problems with it. However, I have to admit that Mynheir deserves a higher rating just for the realistic elements here. So though I’m going to keep my rating at 3 stars, I will jump at the chance to read more books by this author.

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Many thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for a review copy of this book.

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About the Author:

Mark Mynheir was born and raised on the east coast of Central Florida. Like most boys growing up, Mark enjoyed sports, mainly football and martial arts.

In 1983, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After serving four years in the Marines, Mark changed gears and pursued a career in law enforcement.

During his career as a police officer, Mark has worked as a narcotics agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, and a homicide detective.

Over seventeen years ago, during a health crisis involving his oldest son, Mark gave his life to Jesus Christ. Shortly after his conversion, he felt God leading him in a new direction: writing.

Now he balances dual careers as a police officer and novelist. Mark is married to the love of his life and has three fantastic children, and they all currently reside in Central Florida.

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4 Responses to Cowgirl Critique: The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

  1. Jessica R. Patch says:

    I love your book reviews. This one looks pretty good! Last book I read was…either The Surgeon or I know I read something else…it’s elluding me at the moment. ha! :)

  2. I give a three star to something that is good but that I would read only if I had nothing else so you are pickier than me! I give a four to a one time read all the way through and it is good enough to merit my time to do so and crafted well but just not stellar. I like the concepts in this book and that Mark included a character with a disability, because I do that in my MSes, too. Thanks for the review, Sheri!

  3. I saw this book around a lot when it first came out. A lot of varying reviews. Seems like an interesting read, though. I’ll be looking for this author’s future works.