Read: Duluth Marathon Inspires Novel’s Backdrop

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”  This is a good way to approach Brian Freeman’s new book, Marathon, the eighth in his award-winning Jonathan Stride series.

The setting is Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth (although it’s referred to as “a marathon”). Reminiscent of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a bomb is detonated, killing and injuring runners and spectators. Readers are taken into the investigation, seeking the perpetrator and the motivation behind the crime.

Freeman kept me guessing throughout the book as to who was the guilty party. As a seasoned mystery reader, I knew to eliminate the usual suspects, and it was not until nearly the end of the novel when I experienced the “aha” moment of discovery.

In addition to Marathon being a very good mystery, Freeman provides a lot of food for thought within the pages. Those who haven’t read any of the author’s titles should pick up his work. Freeman is a great local author with some stellar mysteries for hot summer days or cold winter nights!

—Nancy Greer // Hennepin County Library – Eden Prairie