Serpents Rising, a Cullen and Cobb mystery, introduces the reader to journalist Adam Cullen who wife Donna died at the hands of an arsonist the police are unable solve her death. So he turns to private investigator Mike Cobb but he too becomes stuck. Fast forward seven years later Cobb re-enters Cullen’s life. He wants Cullen’s help and his knowledge from writing a series on drug addiction in Calgary to help him find Jay Bevins. The young man’s father made an attempt to find his son and take him away from drugs, but his efforts when all wrong. Now the father wants Cobb to do his best to do what he could not.
As Cullen and Cobb try and locate Jay, they discuss Donna and Cobb encourages Cullen to go ahead and do what he can on his own, and he will join him once the Bevins case ends. Cullen starts with examining what little he has left of his late wife’s things and then connecting with her mother. Although neither case ends up being connected in the book, Poulson is able to tell both narratives without taking away from either.
Also, he helps lighten events here and there with insight into Cullen’s impressive record collection; a budding relationship with a homeless shelter volunteer, and the Calgary food scene. The book has a strong narrative through out and Cullen, Cobb, Jill and Kayla are both relate-table and very like able. I look forward in the future to reading the second book in the series.
Serpents Rising: A Cullen & Cobb Mystery Book 1
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