Made Safe by Francis Sparks @writingsparks


Author : Francis Sparks
Title : Made Safe
Series : Moses Winter Mysteries #1
Pages : 222
Publisher : Pandamoon Publishing
Publication date : January 17, 2017


For Private Investigator, Moses Winter, the job just got more complicated. His adultery case has taken a violent turn landing the subject of his investigation, Fred Dunsmore, in the hospital and Moses in jail. Moses is held for questioning along with his erratic client, Sharon Dunsmore, and Fred’s mistress, a Bosnian refugee who just happens to be related to the DCI agent investigating the case, Raif Rakić.

After Rakić secures their release, Fred goes missing, and Moses Winter finds himself compelled to find him. With the assistance of Rakic, Moses unravels Fred’s ties to Des Moines’s underworld and is forced to confront the most heinous crimes of his career.


Private detective Moses Winter is working on what looks to be a straightforward case but he’s getting more than he bargained for. He’s been hired by a woman, Sharon, who wants to know if her husband, Fred, is having an affair. They end up at a cabin where the irrefutable proof is splayed right in front of them. But things take a violent turn as Fred ends up in hospital and Moses in jail. As it turns out Fred’s mistress is related to the local DCI Rakic, the situation becomes a bit murky. But then Fred goes missing and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

Set in the middle of winter in Des Moines, Iowa, Moses quickly finds himself in the dark and chilling underbelly of the criminal world and human trafficking. No matter how many times this topic pops up, it remains incredibly disturbing and sadly all too relevant. Moses and Rakic make an unlikely team. Moses is not perfect and often makes mistakes but he’s determined to figure out what’s going on, even if he’s not getting paid for it. Rakic’s first priority is his family, who as Bosnian refugees have seen more than their fair share of pain. And yet, I couldn’t warm to him at all.

Made Safe has a well-thought out and executed plot but I did find it a tad repetitive at times. However, there was a brilliant twist I didn’t see coming and overall the story is a well-paced read, full of action. If you like your old school detective stories, I have no doubt you will enjoy this mystery but for me, it needed that little something more to truly keep me gripped.

Many thanks to the author for my copy, which I chose to review honestly!

Made Safe is available now!

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