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Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it. Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated li Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it. Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around. When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.


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Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it. Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated li Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it. Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around. When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.

30 review for Murder on the Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I received a free download of "Murder on the Mind" (Jeff Resnick Mystery, #1) by L.L. Bartlett through midlist. This was a very enjoyable mystery thriller with elements of the paranormal. This is also the first novel I have read by this author. Jeffrey's luck was about to change, he had won some money at pool at a local pub in New York, and was about to start at a new job in the morning at a entry level claims position. But on his way home Jeff was mugged, and beaten to a pulp, where he lost cons I received a free download of "Murder on the Mind" (Jeff Resnick Mystery, #1) by L.L. Bartlett through midlist. This was a very enjoyable mystery thriller with elements of the paranormal. This is also the first novel I have read by this author. Jeffrey's luck was about to change, he had won some money at pool at a local pub in New York, and was about to start at a new job in the morning at a entry level claims position. But on his way home Jeff was mugged, and beaten to a pulp, where he lost consciousness. In the hospital he suffered from a bruised brain, broken limbs and nightmares. But now, still unemployed and trying to recover from his injuries while living in Buffalo, New York with his filthy rich half brother, he finds he has the ability to solve crimes through visions and feelings that come to him and uncontrollable. Jeff's brother, Richard, becomes a somewhat unwilling helper in solving crimes because Jeff cannot drive yet due to his injuries and Jeff is totally broke. In this first of the Jeff Resnick books the visions that come to him are of a dead and slaughtered deer which he does not understand at all until another vision turns the deer into a man that Jeff met as a child and who has now been killed in a horrendous way. As Jeff witnessed the murder, he is determined to find the killer at all costs and bring that person to justice. The characters in this novel are well-written, engaging and very real. A most enjoyable read , and this novel will appeal to a lot of readers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Jeff Resnick was just a regular guy until the night he was robbed and brutally beaten. The skull fracture he suffered meant his estranged half-brother would need to take him in until he was fully recovered and able to fend for himself, again. But something has changed within Jeff, he has visions of a gruesome murder and he is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Will his brother, who he barely knows help him or will he think Jeff has irreparable brain damage? Is Jeff losing his sanity Jeff Resnick was just a regular guy until the night he was robbed and brutally beaten. The skull fracture he suffered meant his estranged half-brother would need to take him in until he was fully recovered and able to fend for himself, again. But something has changed within Jeff, he has visions of a gruesome murder and he is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Will his brother, who he barely knows help him or will he think Jeff has irreparable brain damage? Is Jeff losing his sanity and grip on reality or has he become a bloodhound for justice? Who killed Matt Sumner and why is it so important to Jeff to find the answers? MURDER ON THE MIND by L.L. Bartlett is part mystery, part murder and the mayhem that one man’s mind can create as he follows the clues he seems better at digging up than the police, but there are those who don’t want him nosing around…Can he risk endangering his brother to solve the murder? A great storyline with an intriguing paranormal twist and a main character who seems to finally grow up and bury his past animosity toward his successful half-brother. It isn’t fast-paced, but it IS definitely intriguing and well-written with memorable some twists thrown in. Series: Jeff Resnick Mystery - Book 1 Publisher: Polaris Press (October 29, 2008) Publication Date: October 29, 2008 Genre: Suspense Print Length: 284 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    We follow the adventures of Jeff, a man with family troubles, no wealth without a job who gets mugged on top of all this trouble. As a result of the mugging, he lands in the hospital and is offered to go to a quiet(er) state by his millionaire (surprise!) brother. Jeff discovers that he has psychic "insights" into a murder and begins investigating it. From the literary point of view, the book is weak. The family troubles of Jeff, as well as his romance and all the rest seemed undeveloped and bland We follow the adventures of Jeff, a man with family troubles, no wealth without a job who gets mugged on top of all this trouble. As a result of the mugging, he lands in the hospital and is offered to go to a quiet(er) state by his millionaire (surprise!) brother. Jeff discovers that he has psychic "insights" into a murder and begins investigating it. From the literary point of view, the book is weak. The family troubles of Jeff, as well as his romance and all the rest seemed undeveloped and bland to me. His psychic power appeared to me as a cheap instrument used by the writer to get the plot moving on. Perhaps, because the psychic power that Jeff has was so poorly described and wasn't really exciting. It allows Jeff to "cheat" through many parts of the investigation that are otherwise tense, exciting build-ups in a detective book. A positive note is that the book doesn't drag on for too long, it is relatively short and can be read on a plane trip in pretty much one go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Hamilton

    What I enjoyed most about this compelling book was the premise of a man being brutally mugged and hospitalized, who afterwards discovers he now possesses a sixth sense. Though troubled by his visions and the physical sensations of violent acts and fearful emotions, he realizes he has the ability to bring murders to justice, thanks in part to his 14 years as an insurance investigator. The book is well written and the pace moves along nicely. I will definitely check out the other books in the serie What I enjoyed most about this compelling book was the premise of a man being brutally mugged and hospitalized, who afterwards discovers he now possesses a sixth sense. Though troubled by his visions and the physical sensations of violent acts and fearful emotions, he realizes he has the ability to bring murders to justice, thanks in part to his 14 years as an insurance investigator. The book is well written and the pace moves along nicely. I will definitely check out the other books in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    3.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vastine

    I picked this up through iBooks when I was trolling for free downloadable mysteries. I get these by the dozen but rarely get past through the first few pages before realizing that there was a very good reason they were free. And after a few hackneyed phrases early on I was about to zap this book back to internet oblivion. But something about the breezy style and the lead character kept me reading. As the writing evened out I found myself really enjoying the story and the Buffalo setting. I ended I picked this up through iBooks when I was trolling for free downloadable mysteries. I get these by the dozen but rarely get past through the first few pages before realizing that there was a very good reason they were free. And after a few hackneyed phrases early on I was about to zap this book back to internet oblivion. But something about the breezy style and the lead character kept me reading. As the writing evened out I found myself really enjoying the story and the Buffalo setting. I ended up reading the whole book in one night. If I had read the story description and realized that the book was about an investigator who had suddenly gained some psychic abilities I would have never selected it. But the way the abilities are used are fun and basically just help the plot move on. If you are like me and you like to balance out your reading list with some light fun reads then I would suggest you check this out. I have even bought the second book in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    I thought this was a very enjoyable light mystery/thriller. Jeff Resnik, a 30-something laid-off insurance investigator, was due to start a new job when he was viciously mugged and left with a broken arm and brain trauma, the latter of which seems to have given him psychic abilities. Unable to start his new job and broke, he goes to live with his estranged and wealthy older brother. Plagued by visions of the recent murder of a bank executive he met as a boy, he and his skeptical but supportive b I thought this was a very enjoyable light mystery/thriller. Jeff Resnik, a 30-something laid-off insurance investigator, was due to start a new job when he was viciously mugged and left with a broken arm and brain trauma, the latter of which seems to have given him psychic abilities. Unable to start his new job and broke, he goes to live with his estranged and wealthy older brother. Plagued by visions of the recent murder of a bank executive he met as a boy, he and his skeptical but supportive brother set out to follow up on the pieces of information about the murder that keep coming to Jeff in bits and pieces, ultimately endangering both of their lives. The characters in this book were interesting to me. Jeff is resentful of his older brother for reasons that appear gradually in the book, and upon occasion he seems to regress to the sullen teenager he used to be, which sometimes left me rolling my eyes at his childish outbursts. He struggles accepting and learning to deal with his new abilities while using them to solve a heinous crime. It will be interesting to see how his character develops in the next book in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Mustache Louie Matos

    I was given a free copy of this book, but it in no way compromises my integrity in reviewing this book. There are a few more caveats. I LOVE murder mysteries, having read and re-read many British Murder Mysteries since I was old enough to check books out of my local library. Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Sherlock Holmes are a few of my personal heroes. Having said that I HATE the supernatural trend infecting murder mysteries nowadays, so when I read the cover blurb: I was not impressed. Howev I was given a free copy of this book, but it in no way compromises my integrity in reviewing this book. There are a few more caveats. I LOVE murder mysteries, having read and re-read many British Murder Mysteries since I was old enough to check books out of my local library. Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Sherlock Holmes are a few of my personal heroes. Having said that I HATE the supernatural trend infecting murder mysteries nowadays, so when I read the cover blurb: I was not impressed. However, after reading the first few pages the immediate vibe was Stephen King’s the Dead Zone and I LOVE me some horror. Mash horror with mystery and we just might have something special. Jeff Resnick is just an ordinary guy with some darkness in his past. We all go through things that can really seem like the valley of the shadows of death and I found myself relating to Resnick. He gets mugged in the beginning of the book and experiences severe head trauma that causes what he believes to be illusions, but they are in fact visions of someone being murdered. At a certain point he feels pushed and compelled to determine who is the murderer and could he in fact be placing his family in danger by investigating. This is a smartly written, quick read that is packed with an emotional punch and stimulating story. I have never read this writer, but I would read her again. She wrote this story in a first-person male perspective, but I believe she nailed the characterization and some key story beats. Not a perfect story, but very close. You get 4 and a half stars for going beyond expectations.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A 3.5 star read. This is a new author for me and the novel is a very different murder mystery with an interesting premise that really works. Well written with gritty characters you want to learn more about, the reader is taken on a journey of discovery by a down on his luck insurance investigator who has received a brain injury from a vicious mugging and awakens to find he has gained psychic insights. The novel is tightly paced and running alongside the protagonist's need to find a killer is the b A 3.5 star read. This is a new author for me and the novel is a very different murder mystery with an interesting premise that really works. Well written with gritty characters you want to learn more about, the reader is taken on a journey of discovery by a down on his luck insurance investigator who has received a brain injury from a vicious mugging and awakens to find he has gained psychic insights. The novel is tightly paced and running alongside the protagonist's need to find a killer is the backstory concerning his estrangement from his wealthy half brother and the added mystery of a certain elderly baker. An interesting, enjoyable read and one that has peaked my interest in reading the rest of the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Murder On The Mind L. L. Bartlett Five Star Publishing, 2005, 225 pps. ISBN 1-59414-358-7 “Coming out of the mist. An animal. A deer. A buck.” No, this vision doesn’t come to Jeffrey Resnick while tramping into the forest but pops into his mind while shooting pool in a New York City bar. But this is not the last vision that Jeff experiences and soon he will become haunted by these visions as well as various emotions he experiences during the visions. Jeffrey Resnick is an insurance investigator and s Murder On The Mind L. L. Bartlett Five Star Publishing, 2005, 225 pps. ISBN 1-59414-358-7 “Coming out of the mist. An animal. A deer. A buck.” No, this vision doesn’t come to Jeffrey Resnick while tramping into the forest but pops into his mind while shooting pool in a New York City bar. But this is not the last vision that Jeff experiences and soon he will become haunted by these visions as well as various emotions he experiences during the visions. Jeffrey Resnick is an insurance investigator and soon to start a new job but his life is headed in a very different direction. Jeffrey is mugged on his way home from the New York City bar and wakes up in a hospital. His half brother Dr. Richard Alpert brings Jeffrey home to Buffalo, New York and many old memories. The nightmares and visions continue even in Buffalo. Continually haunted by nightmares Jeffrey soon discovers that local businessman Matthew J. Sumner’s body has been found hanging in his garage. This convinces him that the deer in his original vision is actually Sumner and the emotions he is feeling have to do with Sumner’s grisly murder. Jeffrey feels compelled to investigate this murder and convinces Richard and his girl friend Brenda to assist him. Murder On The Mind catches your interest from page one and I found no slow or dull parts in the entire book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Ross

    I don't know why it is that women are so good at writing murder mysteries, but here's another example. It's fast-paced, intriguing and entertaining, without bogging down in police procedures or getting so convoluted that you feel you ought to be drawing flowcharts or a timeline. I got the Kindle edition when it was free, but it's still cheap, as a lead-in to the normally priced rest of the series. But I have to say this upfront: the author has been quite devious in designing her protagonist's set I don't know why it is that women are so good at writing murder mysteries, but here's another example. It's fast-paced, intriguing and entertaining, without bogging down in police procedures or getting so convoluted that you feel you ought to be drawing flowcharts or a timeline. I got the Kindle edition when it was free, but it's still cheap, as a lead-in to the normally priced rest of the series. But I have to say this upfront: the author has been quite devious in designing her protagonist's setup. After a mugging leaves him with apparent brain damage, he discovers that he gets visions of murder. This is quite cute, because whenever the action slows up or a trail leads to a dead-end, he can suddenly have one of his visions and away we go again. It's a bit like one of those naff mediums: "Wait, I'm getting something... I see a maroon Buick..." And the hero's half-brother is fortuitously rich and unemployed and amiably prepared to drive him all over town. But if you can get past the inherent implausibilities, this is a terrific page-turner. The main characters are all very believable and likeable, too. The denouement is a bit over-dramatic, but never mind. Overall, this is a good yarn at a good price.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I am a huge fan of LL Barlett, aka Lorraine Bartlett, aka Lorna Barrett. She writes stories with very likable characters and a great deal of humor. Jeff Resnick, the main character in this story was an unemployed insurance investigator until the fateful day on which he was mugged. Now, still unemployed and trying to recover from his injuries while staying with his filthy rich half brother he finds he has the ability to solve crimes through visions and feelings that come to him both unwanted and u I am a huge fan of LL Barlett, aka Lorraine Bartlett, aka Lorna Barrett. She writes stories with very likable characters and a great deal of humor. Jeff Resnick, the main character in this story was an unemployed insurance investigator until the fateful day on which he was mugged. Now, still unemployed and trying to recover from his injuries while staying with his filthy rich half brother he finds he has the ability to solve crimes through visions and feelings that come to him both unwanted and uncontrollable. Jeff's brother, Richard, becomes a somewhat unwilling helper in solving crimes because Jeff cannot drive yet due to his injuries and Jeff is totally broke. In this first of the Jeff Resnick books the visions that come to him are of a dead and slaughtered deer which he does not understand at all until another vision turns the deer into a man that Jeff met as a child and who has now been killed in a horrendous way. Jeff's visions take him on several unusual paths as he tries to understand what is going on all the while trying to recover from the traumatic head injury that is causing serious headaches both physical and emotional. You will not be sorry when you meet both Jeff, his brother and Brenda, Richard's girlfriend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mare

    Jeff Resnick is my favorite reluctant hero. He is mugged, badly beaten, on his way home one night and ends up moving to Buffalo with his successful half-brother. He he begins dreaming of violence and soon discovers that his dreams, and feelings, are in fact reality...an ability he doesn't want. Being the man that he is, Jeff uses his knowledge to investigate a brutal murder and works to solve the case before yet another murder occurs. He is such a strong character who brings a such a wealth of em Jeff Resnick is my favorite reluctant hero. He is mugged, badly beaten, on his way home one night and ends up moving to Buffalo with his successful half-brother. He he begins dreaming of violence and soon discovers that his dreams, and feelings, are in fact reality...an ability he doesn't want. Being the man that he is, Jeff uses his knowledge to investigate a brutal murder and works to solve the case before yet another murder occurs. He is such a strong character who brings a such a wealth of emotion that wanting to read the next book is inevitable. It's hard to describe the range of feelings that one experiences while following his uncomfortable relationship with his half-brother to the budding relationship with a woman he meets in the course of his investigation to his conversations with the old lady in the bakery Jeff becomes becomes a man that one should definitely have the opportunity to meet. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a good solid mystery with a very memorable protag.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carycleo

    A hot button trope for me: a psychic crime solver, but seldom does a book really satisfy that itch. This one didn't fully, but this story of Jeff Resnick's damage at the hands of muggers and just life did keep me reading until the end. The beginning is slow, and pacing remains a problem throughout, with extraneous detail belabored, and key facts just casually mentioned. (Hey, I don't usually have the patience to actually BE a detective; I like the author to produce an experience for me. :)) I fo A hot button trope for me: a psychic crime solver, but seldom does a book really satisfy that itch. This one didn't fully, but this story of Jeff Resnick's damage at the hands of muggers and just life did keep me reading until the end. The beginning is slow, and pacing remains a problem throughout, with extraneous detail belabored, and key facts just casually mentioned. (Hey, I don't usually have the patience to actually BE a detective; I like the author to produce an experience for me. :)) I found Jeff whiny, annoying and selfish most of the time (which is a problem since he is the narrator), but the book suggests that's a symptom of his recent brain injury and could improve as the series goes on. His brother Richard, Rich's girlfriend Brenda, and Jeff's new friend Maggie are all appealing. There's a lot of potential in this book, even though it didn't grab me, I'll probably check out the next in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Who is Jeff Resnick?? Why does he have psychic abilities? Jeff Resnick is mugged in Manhattan and left with broken bones and a fractured skull. He is having visions of a hunt and hunter. Seems the attack left Jeff with psychic abilities to see things like murder before they happen. Jeff's half brother Richard brings him back to Buffalo to recuperate. A compelling paranormal mystery you must read!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cathie

    3.5 stars...maybe 4 ... Review to follow

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I forget who recommended Bookbub to me but I ended up signing up and grabbing free Kindle books if they sounded remotely interesting. I snagged this copy based on the premise and didn't really delve much deeper. Now, I see that it's part of a series and was originally published in 2008 (despite my regular reading-series-out-of-order luck, this happened to be the first book!). Goodreads tells me there are 10 books in the Jeff Resnick series and, based on this book, I think this will be a series I I forget who recommended Bookbub to me but I ended up signing up and grabbing free Kindle books if they sounded remotely interesting. I snagged this copy based on the premise and didn't really delve much deeper. Now, I see that it's part of a series and was originally published in 2008 (despite my regular reading-series-out-of-order luck, this happened to be the first book!). Goodreads tells me there are 10 books in the Jeff Resnick series and, based on this book, I think this will be a series I enjoy. Resnick is a former insurance investigator who has been unemployed for a good long while. When we meet him, he's about to start a new job and get his life back. Unfortunately, a couple of crackhead kids changes his plans. He's mugged and beaten over the head with a baseball bat. While in a coma as a John Doe, the kids ransack his apartment and steal everything of value and deface the rest. Assholes. Resnick's half brother, Richard, comes to the rescue to take Jeff back to Buffalo to recover. Their relationship is tumultuous at best. Richard was left millions in inheritance while Jeff has nothing. Richard is a doctor while Jeff struggled to stay employed as an investigator. Yin Meet Yang. Richard's girlfriend, Brenda, is a nurse and welcomes Jeff with open arms. Jeff starts having visions, where he sees a murder happen and feels the horror and emotion of the crime. Could this be a symptom of the brain injury? Maybe, but it turns out, the visions are real. A prominent banker in town is found gutted like a deer, strung up in his garage, exactly like Jeff's vision. Compelled to investigate, we pretty much dive in to a crime of passion and greed that would have gone unsolved if not for Resnick. Since this is the first book, we learn what he is learning about his new gift at the same time. I'm pretty curious to see where he goes from here and what he can do without a broken arm and brain injury. Good murder mystery. Definitely drew me in to read the series. And .... yay free books!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    this was okay and I am going to read the next one. It's a typical mystery story format and I read it because it takes place in Buffalo (where I am from). It's funny because this took place in the winter time and the description of the weather was so accurate that all the time I was reading it I was reminded of how I hated winters as a kid and why I live in a place with no winter. Anyway, the Buffalo local is enough for me to try one more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Sullivan

    Slow to start....and then WHAM!! Had a hard time getting into this story - partly my distracted mindset - and then, by the third chapter I was completely hooked and didn't stop reading until the adventure was over and Jeffrey and Richard were home safe and sound. Now I have to go get the 2nd book!! Even though the characters were well drawn and compelling, there is even more to discover in future stories. Jeffrey's special "skills" will provide fodder for many more adventures.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barb VanderWel

    I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars. I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jana Eichhorn

    That was actually pretty great. Way better than I'd been expecting. A bit predictable, but I still had a good time with it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom Klarquist

    I was in the mood for a mystery and had gotten this book when iBooks was having a free "first in series" promotion. It is a case of "second sight" after head trauma book -- so now the protagonist can see all sorts of things when he touches objects connected with a murder. It is a very readable book and I found the writing to be competent. While I am not going to read the next book in the series right away, I probably would read another in the series. I just wonder if this second sight will maintai I was in the mood for a mystery and had gotten this book when iBooks was having a free "first in series" promotion. It is a case of "second sight" after head trauma book -- so now the protagonist can see all sorts of things when he touches objects connected with a murder. It is a very readable book and I found the writing to be competent. While I am not going to read the next book in the series right away, I probably would read another in the series. I just wonder if this second sight will maintain itself -- it seems a little gimmicky. But a good 3 star read just because the ending was far from a surprise.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandie

    Very rarely am I drawn to books that have a plot based on a protagonist experiencing the paranormal. In the case of MURDER ON THE MIND by L. L. Bartlett I made an exception to my "I don't read them" rule and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story of Jeff Resnick and his filthy rich half brother Richard. The brothers rediscover each other following a violent mugging that has left insurance investigator Jeff, unemployed, broke and virtually homeless but possessing an unnerving si Very rarely am I drawn to books that have a plot based on a protagonist experiencing the paranormal. In the case of MURDER ON THE MIND by L. L. Bartlett I made an exception to my "I don't read them" rule and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story of Jeff Resnick and his filthy rich half brother Richard. The brothers rediscover each other following a violent mugging that has left insurance investigator Jeff, unemployed, broke and virtually homeless but possessing an unnerving sixth sense concerning the murder of a local banker named Sumner. Having been previously excised from the family by his now deceased banshee like Grandmother, Jeff is invited back to the family digs in Buffalo,NY by his brother. It is here that Jeff's newfound "gift" kicks into high gear and he begins "seeing" not only a myriad of clues concerning the bankers bloody demise but also manages to tune in on some unnerving and heretofore unknown family secrets. The entire cast of characters ranging from Richards girlfriend Brenda, to Jeff's love interest Maggie to Sophie Levin, the Polish baker Jeff is allowed to visit only at night all do their part to make this a most enjoyable read.(And a most pleasant suprise for this nay-sayer). MURDER ON THE MIND should appeal to a large audience since it is a cozy complete with murder, mayhem, and romance as well as two brothers you can cheer for coupled with some excursions into psychic phenomenon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Murder on the Mind is the first of the Jeff Resnick mysteries and really got me hooked on reading more! Jeff is a down on his luck guy who gets mugged in New York City and is left not only with physical damage but a kind of psychic ability that makes him want to investigate the story behind the murder which he has seen in his mind's eye. Jeff's brother Richard, takes Jeff back to Buffalo with him and the two half brothers have to work on a "relationship". Jeff doesn't have all the answers. His v Murder on the Mind is the first of the Jeff Resnick mysteries and really got me hooked on reading more! Jeff is a down on his luck guy who gets mugged in New York City and is left not only with physical damage but a kind of psychic ability that makes him want to investigate the story behind the murder which he has seen in his mind's eye. Jeff's brother Richard, takes Jeff back to Buffalo with him and the two half brothers have to work on a "relationship". Jeff doesn't have all the answers. His visions are actually leading him to clues but he has to investigate and Richard ends up coming along because Jeff is both physically unable to drive and also doesn't have a car. Jeff is struggling with this strange new "gift" he has, not even considering it a gift because he feels the horror of the victim as well as the feelings of the killer. He also suffers with horrendous headaches and whether his psychic sense is related to the headaches we don't learn in this volume. The author creates an enticing mystery that draws the reader in to feel Jeff's feelings going through his physical and mental ailments as well as his struggling relationship with his brother.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie O'keefe

    This was exceptionally good. A victim of a random mugging, Jeff Resnick suffers brain damage and to recuperate has to move to Buffalo NY to live with his much older half-brother. As he recovers, he and his brother have to work on establishing a relationship they'd never quite been able to grasp in the past. Jeff comes across as real, as does his physical ailments and relapses. Emotionally, however, he's even more of a wreck as he experiences strong feelings of fear, terror, anger and vengeance. T This was exceptionally good. A victim of a random mugging, Jeff Resnick suffers brain damage and to recuperate has to move to Buffalo NY to live with his much older half-brother. As he recovers, he and his brother have to work on establishing a relationship they'd never quite been able to grasp in the past. Jeff comes across as real, as does his physical ailments and relapses. Emotionally, however, he's even more of a wreck as he experiences strong feelings of fear, terror, anger and vengeance. The emotions knock him for a loop and he becomes convinced that they're connected to a murder. I had a problem accepting the identity of the killer and the circumstances of how the murder happened, but otherwise the narration is tight, never lags, and neither did my interest. This book was the first L.L. Bartlett I've read and I'll be looking for more by this author. And I was glad to note that this was the first in a series featuring Jeff Resnick and am already looking to the next one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I read this while away on a weekend trip. It was a great page-turner to relax with. Jeff starts getting flashes of emotion and intuition as well as visions after he has suffered a serious head injury during a mugging. These inexplicable insights turn out to be about a murder. The story hooked me there and then I had the added pleasure of getting to know the characters who populate it. The sketch of each was concise and made me want to know more about them. I was intrigued by relationships in the I read this while away on a weekend trip. It was a great page-turner to relax with. Jeff starts getting flashes of emotion and intuition as well as visions after he has suffered a serious head injury during a mugging. These inexplicable insights turn out to be about a murder. The story hooked me there and then I had the added pleasure of getting to know the characters who populate it. The sketch of each was concise and made me want to know more about them. I was intrigued by relationships in the story; the regenerated relationship between Jeff and his older brother who comes to look after him after the mugging; between the brother and his girlfriend; Jeff and girlfriend; all were very plausible. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about Jeff Resnick.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This is the first book I have read by this author, but it will not be my last. The story revolves around Jeff Resnick, who is down on his luck after loosing a job. Things look up, until he is beaten nearly to death, by some thugs. His older half brother Richard, a doctor, takes care of Jeff during recovery. He moves in with Richard, and his sweet girlfriend, but soon discovers he has more than PTSD. He now feels, and sees glimpses of death. This story was also well plotted out, and I really like This is the first book I have read by this author, but it will not be my last. The story revolves around Jeff Resnick, who is down on his luck after loosing a job. Things look up, until he is beaten nearly to death, by some thugs. His older half brother Richard, a doctor, takes care of Jeff during recovery. He moves in with Richard, and his sweet girlfriend, but soon discovers he has more than PTSD. He now feels, and sees glimpses of death. This story was also well plotted out, and I really liked how the story unfolded. I also loved the characters, and the ending. I am looking forward to book two.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    My first "Jeffy" story, fast and enjoyable read. Jeff is an out-of-work insurance investigator who is assaulted with a baseball bat and finds the key to his sixth sense. He recuperates at his estranged brother's home and his visions of a terrrible murder prompt him to use his investigative skills to unravel the mystery.

  29. 5 out of 5

    carol

    Hard to put down The main character is complicated, and it's hard to quit reading because you want to sort everything out. But the way the story unfolds is twisting an turning. The author does a good job of building characters and giving them an emotional connection to the reader. Definitely will keep reading the series

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adela Carmona

    Picked up this book because it was free. It was well written, hardly any typos and most of all it was a very entertaining story line. I couldn't put the book down. Just started book #2 because I wanted more of Jeff Resnik.

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