Blood Grove – Walter Mosley | A Book Review

Blood Grove - Walter Mosley

Title: Blood Grove

Author: Walter Mosley

Genre: Mystery

About the book: It’s the 15th book in the Easy Rawlins series that follows a Black private detective during 1969. When a white Vietnam veteran thinks he may have killed a man, he approaches Easy and asks him to investigate what happened. Easy decides to take on the case, especially after seeing how traumatized the young vet is from war, but he’ll need to rely on the help of his friends to solve the mystery.

I received a reader copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I love a good crime novel and the setting of this story intrigued me. I didn’t realize the book was part of a series, but I could follow along just fine.

Characters: There are a lot more characters than I expected. It would’ve helped if I had read the previous books. That being said, I appreciate that the author portrays different people and explores how race affects relationships.


“You only die once, but giving in to fear was endless defeat.”

Writing: The chapters are short, and the scenes are even shorter. It’s a little over 300 pages, so the novel isn’t a long read. The plot takes a bit of time to unfold at the beginning, but it picks up near the end. Mosley’s writing style isn’t overly descriptive, and more often than not, the dialogue advances the story.

Final thoughts: I had no idea how the story would end because of the different twists and turns. For the most part, the ending resolves the mystery. If you want to read a crime thriller that examines racism in America during the 1900s, you may enjoy Blood Grove and the Easy Rawlins series.

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