Blood & Dirt

Family squabbles can be murder Psychic PI Russ Morgan investigates a vandalized marijuana grow in Mesa County Colorado, landing in the middle of a ferocious family feud that s escalating in a hurry Five siblings fight over the family ranch as it staggers on the brink of bankruptcy, marijuana its only salvation Not everyone agrees, but only one of them is willing to killFamily squabbles can be murder Psychic PI Russ Morgan investigates a vandalized marijuana grow in Mesa County Colorado, landing in the middle of a ferocious family feud that s escalating in a hurry Five siblings fight over the family ranch as it staggers on the brink of bankruptcy, marijuana its only salvation Not everyone agrees, but only one of them is willing to kill to make a point Russ also has a personal puzzle to solve as he questions his deepening relationship with Colin Stewart, a man half his age His rational mind says being with Colin is the fast track to heartbreak, but it feels grounding, sane, and good Now, that s really dangerous
Blood Dirt Family squabbles can be murder Psychic PI Russ Morgan investigates a vandalized marijuana grow in Mesa County Colorado landing in the middle of a ferocious family feud that s escalating in a hurry Fi

  • Title: Blood & Dirt
  • Author: Lloyd A. Meeker
  • ISBN: 9781925313338
  • Page: 333
  • Format: ebook
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    1. Cross-posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews Even though I was assured this story was a standalone, I’m a stickler for order. So I purchased and read Enigma, the first Russ Morgan mystery, and was even more excited to read the second in what I hope is going to be an ongoing series.Ellis Landry hires Russ Morgan to find out who vandalized his sister’s marijuana grow. What starts out as a simple investigation of a vandalism incident turns out to be much more complicated as Morgan asse [...]

    2. Murder on the Ranch. Aptly named story in this rural Coloradan tale of family infighting, a failing ranch, and fatal consequences. Russ Morgan gets hired to investigate an issue of vandalism on the Ellis ranch, but that's just the beginning. Personal, confidential tone to the storytelling with the first person narrative that works well. Russ is an honest, straightforward man: no bullshit, no showboating, and to the point. He's not perfect, but he's a damn fine man. Nice little mix-in of his pers [...]

    3. I always enjoy a 'closed-murder' books -- meaning that the victims and suspects all stay in one place. Probably influenced by my reading a lot of Agatha Christie back when I was younger. Murder in an estate/house full of guests, on a train, or even on airplane. The limited space helps quickly eliminating suspects and motives while still gives way to open dark secrets. Therefore, the setting of Blood & Dirt definitely adds to my pleasure of reading it. The mystery is pretty straightforward, t [...]

    4. Wow, talk about going for a ride! This installment in the series has lots of action as Russ takes on an investigation involving a dysfunctional family and destruction of property. Murder and mayhem ensue as this interesting mystery grows in scope very quickly. Russ has his hands full as he uses his ability of reading auras and feelings of the people involved - very handy trick that! Hard to get away with a lie with him, but even so, with so many family members with differing interests involved, [...]

    5. Copy of this book was kindly given in exchange for fair and honest review.There's a good chemistry between Lloyd A. Meeker's work and this reader, that's for certain. I loved this book!I actually stopped halfway through chapter one, scooted off to buy and read Enigma, the prequel to this one. And boy, was that my better idea ever - that one certainly didn't disappoint.! Although I have to say I like this second book much better.That saying, Blood & Dirt could totally be read as a standalone. [...]

    6. Dang, this series is not bad, but I really really hoped for more smexy times, and sadly there was NONE. So Russ is now sort-of-dating Colin, who we met in book one. He is quite a bit younger than Russ, but a great character with some energy and some wisdom.Though Russ is going back-and-forth, unsure that being Colin is smart, since he's so much younger, and Russ is scared that he will be left (again) by his younger partner. Unfortunately ALL the smexy times are fade-to-black, which was a huge di [...]

    7. Review also posted on wodfreviewMy first thought after reading this story was “Why the hell didn’t I read book one first?” I really should have, not that it’s imperative that you do but it would have given me some history of the characters that I would have liked. Blood and Dirt is an enjoyable read. It’s a little bit paranormal with a psychic PI who reads aura’s and taps into people’s emotions. It has a little romance that isn’t the driving force of the story but very sweet none [...]

    8. I liked this second book in the series very much! Especially the quiet, understated way of writing. Can't wait for the next book!

    9. “There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.” ~ Gautama BuddhaOne of the most dangerous situations law enforcement officers face is domestic violence. Going in, officers know they're at a disadvantage and dealing with people who either love or hate each other or both, and may turn on the officer in a second due to their of their conflicting emotions. When Russ Morgan takes a case in which the culprit is someone i [...]

    10. (This book was received free from the author in return for an honest review via the Don't Buy My Love program.)I really enjoyed this! It was different from my normal reads in that I tend to stick exclusively to romances, I have to say this really reminded me of my love of suspense and mystery when I was younger. I will definitely pick up book one. I don't think that the fact that I hadn't read it was detrimental to my enjoyment of this book. It was very, very well written. The author conveyed j [...]

    11. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review4 Stars This is the second book featuring Russ Morgan (Enigma being the first)though I think it could definitely be read as a stand alone if you wanted to.I very much enjoyed this book. The author does a very good job with the first person narrative in bringing me immediately into the story.I got a feel of another of my favorite detectives (Spenser) so I might have been predisposed to liking Russ, but like him I did. As this is a mystery [...]

    12. A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.Let me start off by saying that I have not read the first installment of this series. I was a bit worried I wouldn't be able to catch on as quickly as needed, and that some of the chemistry between the characters would be lost on me (mostly between Russ and Colin). But no. No such problems. I think if the story was heavier on the romance, I might've had a problem keeping up with the flow. Luckily this was all my [...]

    13. Blood and Dirt(Russ Morgan #2)By Lloyd A. Meeker4 StarsI so liked the first Russ Morgan story by Lloyd Meeker, that I immediately bought and read the second—this time it’s a full-sized novel, although not a long one. Russ is again dragged into a dysfunctional family—owners of a struggling ranch with a distinguished history. One of the family has a successful marijuana grow on the ranch, and the vandalizing of that grow is what brings Russ to Mesa county. The centerpiece of this series (bec [...]

    14. Before you read this book, you must read "Enigma". "Enigma" will introduce you to Russ Morgan and his unique abilities as a PI. I like the way Mr. Meeker doesn't abuse the use of Russ's abilities. Dealing with dysfunctional family situations gives Russ a lot of different auras to deal with. Very interesting details on the process of medical marijuana grows. I have become a fan of Mr. Meekers writing and the "Russ Morgan Mystery".

    15. Intriguing Very much enjoyed this second journey into this series. Love the personal depth the author explores, with the mystery and personal life of his lead. Highly recommended.

    16. Fans of author Lloyd A. Meeker will remember the introduction of private investigator and recovering alcoholic, Russ Morgan in a previous novella entitled, Enigma. Gifted with empathic abilities and able to read auras, Russ is almost a human lie detector—able to perceive when a suspect is hiding something others may never see. In his latest installment, Blood & Dirt, Russ is once again in pursuit of the truth, this time investigating the destruction of a legal marijuana grow lab nestled on [...]

    17. With the second book we get a full length Russ Morgan story and what a treat this was for me. A real detective story in the best tradition of Agatha Christie or Columbo. Why? Well, Russ is a PI and is called in by Evan Landry to solve the vandalism which destroyed his sister’s marijuana grow. First I didn't even realise this was legal in Colorado but I soon learnt that as long as it is for medical purposes and everything is registered then it's no problem. So why destroy an extremely profitabl [...]

    18. 4.5 starsPI Russ Morgan has a new case investigating the sabotage at a marijuana plantation in Mesa Country Colorado, which obliges him to leave Denver for some time, thus putting a probably needed respite between him and his brand-new, and far too young and eager, lover Colin. But the consequences of his investigation make him realise there is nothing wrong in yielding his guarded heart…The second instalment in the Russ Morgan Mysteries makes good on the promise held by the first instalment i [...]

    19. A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsPerhaps the greatest gift this author has is the way he writes pictures with his lush and lyrical words and draws characters that push their way into our hearts and minds with such ease. There is undoubtedly such poetry in Meeker’s prose as he describes such simple things as a breath of fresh air or a peaceful sunny day on a farm. However, the poetry does not stop there, it infuses the internal dialogue of our hero and defines his thoughtful demeanor and his inner [...]

    20. Reviewed by Nikki K. for QUEERcentric BooksIn the first full-length novel in the Russ Morgan Mystery series, Blood & Dirt, author Lloyd A. Meeker begins what I believe will be a long-running and successful series. Psychic sleuth may not be an one hundred percent original premise, but Meeker manages to breath new life into a genre I usually find quite the opposite. There is also a short prequel available, Enigma, that was a quick and interesting read but not necessary to enjoy Blood & Dir [...]

    21. This story/series is the best kind of slow burnI started this book less than 12 hours after finishing the 1st in the series because I absolutely LOVED the main character so much. I can't quite tell you what it is about this series that is clicking so well for me but I just loved this book, I started it and finished it 4 hours later because it sucked me in and I didn't even realize I hadn't stopped reading it until I was done. It's not an in your face action story but the kind of story that sneak [...]

    22. I really in joy this story, I actually thought it was about vampires Oh boy was I ever wrong. I it about mystery and a little romance. I was received this story for a honest review.Ross is a middle age private eye, he is in a new relationship with a younger man, and not sure if it will workEvan L. Comes and ask him to go and prove that his step sister damaged his sister Sarah grow op. She has on the Ellis ranch we're Evan's step dad and 2 other step brother live, there is lot of family drama bec [...]

    23. A great second installment about Russ Morgan - definitely a series to follow.There is a little bit of a leap forward, especially as regards Colin and Russ but this is nicely explained. Also, they do not take over, the focus is on the Ellis/Landry feud.I did have two outside bets on the murderer (view spoiler)[ either Billy or Heath(hide spoiler)] Which were wrong, and whilst the outcome was satisfactory, it did feel a little flat as if his issues were the reason for the murders rather than malic [...]

    24. I liked this story quite a bit better than the first Russ Morgan installment. The mystery and characters were interesting and more relateable. I thought the romantic thread was a bit weak and not to my taste though-- to me, the cop was much more interesting than Colin, but May-December relationships aren't really my thing at all. I did like all the interesting info on marijuana growing. You could tell the author really knew his stuff there.

    25. Fabulous mystery. At first it was a bit slow going and I truly thought it wouldn't measure up to the first book in the series, Enigma. It did, in fact, surpass its series opener in complexity and heart. Colorful well-developed characters, nearly flawless editing, great writing, very clever mystery. Highly recommended.

    26. a bit floored by Russ (view spoiler)[wondering if he's responsible for Evan's death whereas he was the one who reminded Stan that Evan was cruel and ruthless in business. I thought he wanted to trap Stan by making Evan a bait. But in the end, he didn't stay to look out for Stan's reaction (hide spoiler)]It was a kind of weird investigation

    27. Meeker's Russ Morgan books are shorter in length/reading that what I usually prefer. Therefore it is unusual firstly for me to have purchased them (two to date) and secondly to have been so engaged and reading and invested in Russ Morgan as the middle-aged PI in recovery. Recommended reading.

    28. This didn't hold my interest as well as the first one, it was a little dull. And a major draw for me was the age of the MC (53 in this book) so I'm a little disappointed that his love interest isn't of a similar age.

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