Nothing to Hide is the third book in the Roland March Mystery series by J. Mark Bertrand. Roland March is a homicide detective with realistic, gritty cases and personal issues, but a strong desire for justice. This story had another facet that made it more intriguing. It was actually inspired by a true story. Then after the book was written, events very similar to some included in the novel occurred in real life! As Bertrand says in the author’s note at the end, “Life imitates art, and vice versa.” Anyway, there is a lot going on in this book – a gruesome crime, then a personal tragedy. Who’s involved? Who can be trusted? The FBI? Drug cartels? Detective March’s past shows up again in this present case in Nothing to Hide.
I’m not sure why, but I had a harder time getting into this novel than the first two of this series. Maybe there was too much time between my reading of the second book, Pattern of Wounds, and this one. Maybe I got a little confused with the jumping back to the past, which made sense in the end. I didn’t connect as well with the characters. However, both my husband and I will continue reading this series.
In conclusion, I still recommend this series, but pick up book 1, Back on Murder, to start with Detective March at the beginning.
**Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.