Retired detective Arn Anderson never thought he’d be broke enough to take on a cold murder case. Or desperate enough to team up with a TV reporter. Or pathetic enough to go back to his rundown childhood home after he swore he’d left Cheyenne for good. But here he is, hunting a serial killer who also appears to have come out of retirement. On the anniversary of the Five Point Killer’s crimes, Arn’s only option is to survive the carnage of a murderer who may be too twisted―and too brilliant―to catch.
A very good mystery with lots of plot twists and turns and many characters that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. I want to read more of this Authors books.
A tautly written mystery thriller that debuts a new series! Meet Arn Anderson, a retired cop who has been hired by a local TV station in his old home town of Cheyenne, Wyoming to investigate three cold cases from ten years ago. The cases all involved local cops whose murders were never solved. Working with his old friend, TV investigative reporter, Ana Maria Villarreal, Arn thinks the three cases might be connected. The three officers were all investigating two local murders involving the same killer. After the death of the two investigating officers and their boss, the killer went dormant. When Arn’s old friends on the force do their best to impede the investigation, insisting that the three cases are not connected, Arn refuses to bow down to the pressure. As the investigation plays out on Ana Maria’s TV news show, the killer stirs and starts to hunt new victims. When Ana Maria is lured into two different traps and Arn comes to her rescue, the killer almost finishes them off. Arn connects with family and friends of the victims and starts to get a different view of the personal life each man lived and the stories don’t match up. With the killer striking out faster after each new news episode things come to a final showdown between the killer and Arn. I really enjoyed letting these characters tell me their story. The author really brought them all to life in a way that made you feel like you were with them every step of the way. Every scene was done in a way that made you feel the cold and suspense. The scenes in the police station involving the confrontations between Arn and his old friend, the acting chief made you feel what each man was feeling and thinking. The descriptions of the doughnuts and coffee at the station made you smell and taste them like they were right in front of you. I highly recommend this new series to anyone who enjoys a well written murder plot with lots of suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, as well as other books the author has written.
4.5 stars This police procedural is set in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is a fast paced story of the hunt for a serial killer. Am Anderson is a retired Denver police detective who was born and raised in Cheyenne. He is hired by a Cheyenne TV station to reopen several ten year old murders by the "Five Point Killer." The local police are angry and initially don’t cooperate. But Am and Ana Maria Villarreal, the tv reporter that is working the story rattle the killer who starts killing again. The book alternates between Am and the killer narrating. There were enough red herrings that I was not sure who the killer was until near the end.. One quote: "Huber smiled wide and Am could count the number of teeth on the toes of one foot." Thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink Books for sending me this ebook.
I was worried that perhaps Mr. Wendelboe had stopped writing and so I was thrilled to find this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, having lived in Cheyenne for forty years. The old Cheyenne bars and other spots mentioned in the book made it a fun read that was difficult to tear myself away from.
Curt did a great job writing this story. I was never bored and never sure who the 5 points killer was until the very end. I read a lot of mysteries and usually figure it out way before the end. I hope to see more books by this author. I liked his previous books also but this was his best.
Do you enjoy thrilling mysteries with head-shaking twists that you won’t see coming? If you do, HUNTING THE FIVE POINT KILLER is the book for you. To This is the first book in a new series following a retired former Denver Policeman named Arn Anderson. Arn left Cheyenne many years ago and had planned never to return. That was before he lost both his beloved wife and his mother. After their deaths he became the sole owner of the now dilapidated, but once regal home built by his great-grandfather. After leaving the house boarded up for almost a decade, Arn has decided to renovate and to bring it back to its former glory. However, renovations are more expensive and much more difficult than Arn had anticipated. So, when an old friend, a reporter for the local news channel, offers Arn a job helping her to investigate a cold case, Arn reluctantly agrees. Thinking that he may rattle a few feathers, but not caring in the slightest, Arn puts his investigative talents to work. What happens next will put lives in danger as the serial killer becomes active once again. Author C.M. Wendelboe has mastered the art of character believability. Arn Anderson may be a brilliant detective, but he is also human. He has flaws, and is due to these flaws that he comes across as so "real." As readers learn more about Arn’s past, the reasons behind some of his actions and behaviors become clear, exactly as it is in everyday life. The Five Point Killer is unlike any other serial killer I have read about in the past few years and everytime I thought I had pinned down his (or her) identity, something else would happen to change my guess. Even the ending was unexpected and as far as I am concerned, this is the earmark of a truly great mystery. I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
When Ana Maria Villereal, an old friend of Arn Anderson, calls and asks Anderson if he wouldn’t mind coming back to Cheyenne as a consultant for her while she is doing an investigative report on her local news station regarding the decade cold case dubbed "The Five Star Murders" and in which he accepts. He’s a retired homicide detective from Denver who has worked with Villereal in the past and hasn’t been back to Cheyenne since his mother’s funeral. Anderson doesn’t have a lot of fond memories of Cheyenne, but he has a few loose ends that he needs to tie up while he’s there as well as working with Villarreal as sort of a liaison with the Cheyenne Police department. The local police are not helpful at all regarding this case where two men were brutally murdered, they think they have the killer nailed just not enough evidence to charge him. Anderson is met with the blue wall when he tries to get additional information regarding the murder of the lead homicide detective in charge of the case. Not long after the lead detective’s murder, his two partners while working the case died mysteriously. After these three last deaths, the killing has stopped, the main suspect was having an affair with the lead detective’s wife who also was killed in an accident. There is nothing mysterious about these deaths as far as Anderson is concerned. Since Anderson isn’t getting much cooperation from the police department, he needs to attend to the other business that brought him back to his hometown. He still owns his mother’s house which has sat vacant for several years and it’s a total mess. The elements haven’t been kind to it especially with all the snow and arctic-like temperatures. When he approaches the house, he hears music and then sees a long extension cord coming from a neighbor’s home that’s providing the power to his old house. Anderson discovers he has a very crafty squatter, Jerry. They work out a deal since it’s freezing out and Jerry looks like he’s made himself a nice little place that he can stay if he agrees to help Anderson renovate the house so he can either sale it or move back into the house. Since his wife passed away he has nothing keeping him in Denver. They have a pretty good deal going unless Arn tries to ask Jerry too many questions regarding his past. As the nightly show progresses Villereal finds that she is doing exactly what she wants, she’s drawing the killer out of seclusion and finds herself in real danger. They are both up to their necks in danger and more people are getting killed as they get closer to the killer. This mystery is a true case of cat and mouse, it’s like the killer is playing with Anderson and it’s getting very deadly. This is a great new series and I can’t wait for the next book to be released. I found it to be very fast paced with a lot of subtle hints as to who the killer could be. It kept me guessing right up until the end. I would like to thank Midnight Ink Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this e-galley in exchange for my honest review.
Wendelboe’s background and expertise in law enforcement is put to excellent use in this procedural involving a retired detective helping a tv reporter work on a cold case in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Arn Anderson has his issues, including grief and too much debt, but he works well with Ana Maria, who is not his love interest. They’re chasing a serial killer, who also has a voice. No spoilers but this is a nicely atmospheric and well written twisty mystery that should keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for this page turner. It hits several sweet spots- serial murders, odd couple investigators, Wyoming- and does it well.