Clean Win


Clean Win

by Kevin R. Doyle

GENRE: Mystery

Laura Mosby is like a lot of young women, working in a job she doesn't like, looking for a way out, and doing her best to enjoy her privacy. When she dies a violent death at the hands of an intruder, it's at first brushed off as a standard homicide. But when Lieutenant Santiago, the supervising detective, comes across evidence linking her death to a local politician, he begins to see the faint threads of a much nastier scheme. Desperate to shield his people from potential harm, he turns to Sam Quinton, full-time gym owner and part-time private investigator, to help solve Laura's murder and help the police department evade the wrath of City Hall.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

Still no sound, no movement of any kind, and I began to wonder if the shadow I’d seen had just been some kid cutting through the yard.

Back to pondering as I continued to breathe slowly. If no one with a legitimate reason would be showing up here, then someone with an illegitimate one?

The ridiculous thought crossed my mind of the old cliché: the criminal returning to the scene of the crime. At first, I almost dismissed the idea as beyond stupid. Even if, for whatever reason, Laura Mosby’s murderer would come back here, why months later? For what possible reason?

And why at this moment?

What was new about the case that would warrant him or her showing up?

The answer popped into my head almost immediately, and I felt a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach.

At the same instant, I heard the slight, high creak of door hinges come from the kitchen area.

Alright then, it hadn’t been imagination, and it hadn’t been some kid cutting across the yard.

Someone had entered the house, like me doing their best to keep their presence secret.

And I could think of only one reason why someone would have done so at this particular point in time.

Obviously, Santiago hadn’t been as careful as he’d thought, and someone knew something about new information coming into the case.

And I had to clean up the mess.

My Thoughts:

Clean Win is the 4th book in the Sam Quinton series, but the first in the series that I have read. I don’t feel as though I missed anything from the previous books, although I really enjoyed the main character - so there’s a good chance I may be picking up the previous three.

Sam Quinton is a private detective and in this book he is investigating a homicide of a young girl that has become linked to a local politician. 

The story is very well written and captivates the reader from the very beginning. If you love a good mystery with a strong PI presence, this book is definitely for you.

My rating: 5 out of 5

About the Author:

A high-school teacher, former college instructor, and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written three crime thrillers, The Group, When You Have to Go There, and And the Devil Walks Away, and one horror novel, The Litter. In the last few years, he’s begun working on the Sam Quinton private eye series, published by Camel Press. The first Quinton book, Squatter’s Rights, was nominated for the 2021 Shamus award for Best First PI Novel.  The second book, Heel Turn, was released in March of 2021, while the third in the series, Double Frame, came out in March of 2022. The fourth Sam Quinton book, Clean Win, will be released in March of 2023.

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  1. been a while since i read a murder mystery though i watch some on tv. this sounds intriguing for sure

  2. Good morning. Thanks for taking part in another tour and I'm glad you liked the book. I'm on the road today, but will check in later on for any questions or responses.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Sounds really good.


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