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Murder on The Mind (A Jeff Resnick Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

L.L. Bartlett
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Book Description

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.

“This fine paranormal amateur sleuth will send readers shuffling off to Buffalo to accompany Jeff on his investigation.”
--Midwest Book Review

“Nicely written and quite twisty.”
--The Book Bitch

“Murder on the Mind was a very compelling read, the plot tight and well-paced, and the relationships among the three principals (Jeff, Richard and Brenda) fascinating and cozy. I found it difficult to put down.”
--The Cozy Library

“This book was a great ride that I didn’t want to get off. I fell in love with the characters and I love the tone of this story. This is a good read and I highly recommend it.”
Dru’s Book Musings

“Murder On The Mind catches your interest from page one.”

When Jeff Resnick begins to recover from a severe brain injury, he discovers he has the ability to sense past events --including a murder -- but nobody believes him. Resnick is a fine character, with a strong sense of right and wrong. This is a page-turner.
-- Barbara D’Amato, award-winning author of FOOLPROOF

"Put yourself in Jeff Resnick's shoes: You've suffered brain damage from a vicious mugging, and now you 'see' allegorical visions of murder in troubled nightmares and in even more troubling, conscious hallucinations. L. L. Bartlett does a wonderful job of showing us how difficult such a life can be as Jeff tries to overcome his own tragedy by using his new gift to investigate others. Beautifully written in a stark, spare style, MURDER ON THE MIND is a perfect choice for anyone open to a paranormal thread in a lovingly woven crime novel."
-- Jeremiah Healy, author of TURNABOUT and THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER:

L.L. Bartlett is a New York Times bestselling author.

Murder On The Mind was originally published in hardcover by Five Star/Cengage. Published in paperback by Worldwide Mystery Library.

The Jeff Resnick Mysteries:
Murder On The Mind
Dead In Red
Cheated By Death
Bound By Suggestion

Editorial Reviews


"Beautifully written in a stark, spare style . . . a perfect choice for anyone open to a paranormal thread in a lovingly woven crime novel."
- Jeremiah Healy

About the Author

L.L. Bartlett has done it all, from drilling holes for NASA to typing scripts in Hollywood, and makes a life of crime in Western New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456555456
  • Publisher: Polaris Press (October 29, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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186 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner that leaves you looking for more December 4, 2005
By J. Coy
I was hooked before the end of the first chapter of Murder on the Mind. Who is Jeff Resnick and why is he having visions of a deer hunt? Then, after being visciously mugged, he wakes up with more issues than he had while he was just unemployed and down-on-his-luck. His half-brother takes him to Buffalo to recuperate. Here L.L. Bartlett add layers to the mystery surrounding Jeff. However, it wasn't just the visions that I wanted to know about; I wanted to know about the brothers and why they seemed so estranged. Where was the rest of Jeff's family? I wanted to know about Richard, the half-brother and Brenda, his girlfriend. Jeff seems to know as little about Richard as he does himself. Bartlett manages to weave a great mystery with equally great characterizations. Every page turned takes you deeper into the visions that Jeff has, the murder(s) and his strained relationships. When I finished 'Murder on the Mind' I wanted more. I anxiously await more Jeff Resnick mysteries.
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Mind: psychic or brain damaged sleuth? January 7, 2008
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L.L. Bartlett's MURDER ON THE MIND is an exceptional debut mystery that adds a paranormal element to the enjoyment of unraveling traditional investigative techniques. Told in the first person through the eyes of a psychic sleuth, or perhaps brain damaged, MURDER ON THE MIND heightens the level of suspense as each new clue or vision arises.

A mugging in Manhattan, leaves former insurance investigator Jeff Resnick with broken bones and a fractured skull --- and completely dependent on his rich estranged half brother Dr. Richard Alpert and his girlfriend Brenda Stanley. Visions of a hunt and and a hunter stalking his deer prey terrify Jeff. The doctors diagnose brain damage. Days later, a local banker is found dead, his murder eerily similar to the details of Jeff's nightmares. Jeff believes the attack has left him with a sixth sense, a psychic ability to see murder before the event. Jeff uses his visions and his investigative skills to try to solve the crime but as he gets closer to the killer, danger arises from all corners. Will the police trust his revelations are due to psychic visions or attribute his knowledge to a more nefarious means? As Jeff becomes closer to his half brother, dangerous past secrets emerge touching his traumatic childhood. Somewhere danger lurks and Jeff must work hard and fast if he doesn't want to become a victim to one of the dark secrets he uncovers.

L.L. Bartlett writes a magnificent mystery! MURDER ON THE MIND mixes an eerie, psychic paranormal element with an investigative hunt for clues and facts, never sacrificing the mystery to an easy resolution. Intriguing twists keep the reader poised at ever page.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stand-out Debut December 3, 2005
MURDER ON THE MIND is a gripping debut by a skilled author. L.L. Bartlett pulls no punches when it comes to her characters, and ably draws us along to search for the answers right along with Jeff Resnick and his skeptical brother. Both brothers have plenty to learn about each other along the way--and they have to learn fast, because the murderer isn't cutting them any slack. It's a dark-edged story written with concise efficiency--be prepared to discover a fresh new reading experience (and to be glad you did!).
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad September 19, 2012
By amk
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I thought this book was pretty good. I liked the writing style and the characters were down to earth and believable. I appreciated the subtle complexity of the relationships between the main characters, which was developed in such a way that it added a little bit of drama, but was still relatable. The only thing that I didn't love about this book was, well, the premise. I feel like the whole idea of the protagonist having "visions" to help solve a crime is both a little overdone and is somewhat of a cop out. The plot was entirely propelled by the main character having aptly timed visions that spelled out all the necessary clues needed that (surprise!) the cops don't take seriously. I feel that the book might have been better if the author had taken the time to tie up loose ends at the end, including what happened to the kid, why he had a connection with the kid, etc. However, overall I thought that the book was well written and I enjoyed the characters immensely.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst "mystery" book ever January 9, 2014
By Anthony
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First of all, this book had no mystery or suspense to it at all. The killer was revealed early on and there were no twists or turns as I was hoping. There were also so many grammatical and formatting errors it was extremely distracting. This was hands down the most bland and uneventful book I've ever read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First-person ESP January 24, 2011
By Kae
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I read a promo blurb for this book and was intrigued--but cautious. The book market is replete with "paranormal" storylines, and not all are to my liking. Many often veer into "possession" and demons and external mind manipulation. Not my style. I prefer extra-sensory perception (ESP) that is entirely within the character.

After reading the free sample chapters of Murder on the Mind I was more caught by the very ESP circumstances of protagonist Jeff Resnick. I bought the Kindle edition and started reading....

And couldn't stop reading.

The first-person presentation was well executed and I was drawn in to Resnick's unique mental circumstance as well as his personal reuniting with older half-brother Richard Alpert. Jeff Resnick had been victim of a brutal New York City mugging that left him physically and economically stranded. Richard, a doctor and heir to millions, rescues him and takes him to their boyhood city of Buffalo, where Richard currently lived. Jeff must overcome his often negative feelings toward his brother and deal with depressing memories in mini-mansion where he lived after their mother died.

Throughout his recovery, Resnick is bombarded with images of a ghastly killing that soon becomes public knowledge; but Resnick had known about it long before the crime was committed. ESP. Is he going mad? Does he really have a gift? He begins his own investigation into the crime.

The story development was a good as the character development. Descriptions weren't limited to the gory and gruesome, but included persuasive descriptions of Buffalo, its where's-my-heavy-coat weather and surrounds. Richard and his significant other, Brenda, were complete and interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book!
I just decided to try the book for free and glad I did. Now on to the next one in the series
Published 27 minutes ago by kristine medina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always keeps your mind moving and captivates you throughout wanting more
Published 16 hours ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Keeps you guessing and interested. I would recommend for mystery lovers.
I only give 5 star ratings if I can't stop reading it.
Published 1 day ago by Kay Kresse
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder on The Mind
The story took too long to develop. Once it did it had a good line
Some what predictable in areas.
Published 1 day ago by POPS
2.0 out of 5 stars not wonderful, but a fairly good story
Ok...not wonderful, but a fairly good story. I would read more by this author.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Resnick, Mystery
I really like the character of Jeff,. I will be looking for more stories with him as the central character. I especially like that there is a little para-normal added. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sandra Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
first time to read this author. enjoyed it a lot and would recommend to a friend. my wife is planning on reading. plan to read more of his Brooks
Published 1 day ago by O. K. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
I really liked how the story combined murder mystery, super natural and family love. It was easy to read and hard to put down.
Published 1 day ago by C Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written tale of murder and mayhem
A well crafted plot, with no extraneous fluff to fill the pages and bog the story down. The tale moves briskly toward the climax, then you notice that there are more pages and it... Read more
Published 2 days ago by JCB of Georgetown
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder of The Mind
Would like to learned if Jeff Resnick kept his psychic abilities and job and relationships.

Already wrote my comment, good read.
Published 2 days ago by paulette meyette
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