Back on Murder

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A missing girl. A corrupt investigation. They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:

Roland March is BACK ON MURDER

Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he’s disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details...until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity.

All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life.

The Author

  1. J. Mark Bertrand
    Photo by: Laurie Bertrand

    J. Mark Bertrand

    J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. For more information, visit

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Complex, the action-finale expertly done, the surprises efficiently sprung.

Weekly Standard

"In J. Mark Bertrand's new Bethany House novel, Back on Murder, Roland March is a gifted but burnt-out homicide detective in Houston whose supervisors keep reassigning him to other units because of a recent record of poor performance. An air of disgrace an shattered potential hovers over March for reasons not revealed until far into the book.

"Although March had once been a celebrated cop, made famous when one of his cases was immortalized in a best-selling true-crime book, his colleagues now are suspicious of him. He hopes to prove himself and make a full return to the work he once did so well.

"His opportunity comes during the investigation of multiple murders in a gang house. March begins to suspect a connection between those killings and a seemingly unrelated case of a missing girl whose story has captivated the local media. As the cases unfold in surprising ways and become increasingly complex, March also must confront old rivalries within the department and his own troubled past.

"March narrates his own story, and one of the strengths of this excellent novel is the credibility of this rogue detective's voice. Readers will be drawn to the frankness of this no-nonsense cop, who's unsentimental but sympathetic. The crime-detection elements of the book are fascinating, and the book also reveals the less sensational details of a detective's life, such as the wasted hours spent in traffic and the strain the work puts on marriages. This is the first of a planned series of mysteries centered on this memorable character."
--Joseph Bentz, CBA Retailer + Resources, July 2010

"Once one of Houston's finest cops, Roland March is now a disillusioned and cynical homicide detective whose career is on the line. He gets a chance to prove himself when the daughter of a local evangelist disappears. He follows a hunch that her vanishing is connected to a multiple murder case, but in order to get to the truth, Roland will face old enemies and maybe even death."
--Charisma, July 2010

"Back on Murder: A Roland March Mystery  is an engaging crime novel taking readers on assignment with Houston's best homicide detective.

"Detective March believes he is on his way out of the force because his peers trivialize his accomplishments--until he observes evidence at a major crime scene. Determined to find the victim and regain the respect he once held, he pursues his gut instinct to connect the victim with a missing, high-profile teen girl.

"Because of his rogue decision, he is taken off the murder case and put on the task force to find the missing teen. Refusing to give up on solving the murder ease, March finds himself cracking an internal cover-up when a fellow officer approaches him with answers to the case.

"Bertrand captures a realistic view of a homicide detective's life, from the paperwork to life-threatening situations. Readers will relate to the struggles of his characters, their faltering faith and success."
--Nicole Anderson, Christian Retailing, July 2010