Book Review: The Man in the Crooked Hat

The Man in the Crooked Hat by Harry Dolan

My mom and I had visited the local public library for some quality mother/daughter time. It was a lot of fun. Our local library is pretty nice for a small community, and I like to support it. This title was in the new release area, and I thought I would give it a try.

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

"A new master mystery writer emerges."--Forbes Magazine

One cryptic clue leads a desperate man into a labyrinthine puzzle of murder in the electrifying new novel from national bestselling author Harry Dolan.

There's a killer, and he wears a crooked hat.
Private investigator Jack Pellum has spent two years searching for the man who he believes murdered his wife--a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora. Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yield no leads. Then a local writer commits suicide, and he leaves a bewildering message that may be the first breadcrumb in a winding trail of unsolved murders . . .

Michael Underhill is a philosophical man preoccupied by what-ifs and could-have-beens, but his life is finally coming together. He has a sweet and beautiful girlfriend, and together they're building their future home. Nothing will go wrong, not if Underhill has anything to say about it. The problem is, Underhill has a dark and secret past, and it's coming back to haunt him.

These two men are inexorably drawn together in a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye, and nothing can be taken for granted. Filled with devious reversals and razor-sharp tension, The Man in the Crooked Hat is a masterwork from "one of America's best new crime writers" (Lansing State Journal).

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The Man in the Crooked Hat sounded like an excellent read. It’s about a detective trying to solve his wife’s murder. He thinks it was done by a serial killer. The story follows him as he unravels the clues to confront the murderer. It is a psychological thriller, which is not my usual genre. In all reality, I was left disappointed at the ending.

The writing was hard to get into. The author tended to write in short choppy sentences, and it felt disjointed to me.  I had a hard time getting into the story. He wrote from both the detective’s perspective and the murderer, which I don’t really care for. So I knew who had killed the wife, it was just a matter of figuring it out why she was killed. I just couldn’t get into the characters. I felt like Jack Pelum was too whiny, and Micheal Underhill was very odd. I felt unsatisfied by the time the story ended.

This was not my kind of book but maybe you will enjoy it?

Tank gives it: 🐾🐾


  1. I'm not a huge fan of mysteries in the first place, so probably a pass for me. Although, I do like the title.

  2. I read the blurb and got to the part where it said "these two men are inexorably drawn together," so I got excited thinking it would be a romance/ mystery. Then I finished reading and I don't think I want to read this one anymore. Great review!

  3. I love a good mystery book. Love the cover too.

  4. Too bad it didn't work for you, it happens to all of us

  5. Hmm. Interesting. Thank you for the honest review. I'm not sure I would read it after reading your review because I think we may have similar taste..

  6. Great review, I am sorry this book was a miss for you I hope your next read is a much better one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  7. I love mysteries, but I enjoy trying to figure out who the killer is. I don't know if I'd like knowing who did it. Great review! I hope you enjoy your next read more.

  8. I think mysteries may be some of the hardest books to write. I hate whiny characters with a passion. Thanks for the review.

  9. I just finished reading this book and I felt the same way you do!

  10. First - I love your photo :) And I haven't read this one yet but it definitely looks intriguing. I am slowly working my way back into the mystery genre. Thanks for sharing!


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