Mystery Time

Title: Mystery Time
Author: Janet Hannah
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Genre: Fiction

Mystery time by Janet Hannah is the third novel in Alex Kertész Mystery series. In this installment, the two scientists, Alex Kertész from Israel and Hildegard Kraus from Germany will have to solve two mysteries; of a murder and a missing watch. 
Alex and Hildegard are attending a convention on Molecular Biology at Prague, where an American scientist, Dr. Green gets killed on the stage. Being heard his last words, Alex and Hildegard, starts to take a dig on this mystery killer. Was Dr. Green a victim of local criminals or his colleague’s grudge? Or some other mystery is concealed beneath the surface?  Through the investigation Hildegard recalls that her pocket watch, which she loaned to Dr. Green, is missing. Did the killer took it? And what mystery does a simple looking, old pocket watch holds? The protagonists struggle to find the answer of these questions in Mystery Time. 
Author is really good with the depiction of scenarios and that’s the highlight of this book. The lead characters are captivating with their depth of understanding; though their scientific backgrounds are hardly accentuated.  The romantic anxiety Alex and Hildegard share is also stirring and sparks a bond with reader. Unfortunately the grasp the characters possess does not reflect in the story. Unlike a thriller is supposed to be, Mystery Time is a slow-paced, tranquil and unruffled read. The later part of the story, pocket watch with power of vision, is not explored up to the expectations. Overall, the characters look very promising and I hope every next book in the series will be better than the previous one. 

Rating: 3/5 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for reviewing purpose. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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