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Missing Rebecca – A Cornucopia of Mayhem, Mystery & Machinations

Missing Rebecca

by John Worsley Simpson

  • Genre:  Crime Fiction
  •  217 pages

John’s latest book, his fifth novel, Missing Rebecca, is a story of death and deception. 

After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry, knowing almost nothing of each other’s backgrounds. Only months later, on an afternoon shopping trip to a mall in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Cheektowaga, Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted. Or did she make herself disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? 

This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean billions of dollars, and holding on to that exclusivity might lead to lies, deceit, corruption, payoffs, and even murder.



I love a good mystery, especially one promising to have things hidden in dark corners and the idea of it being in a world I feel is pretty corrupt over all, our drug industry. This book truly intrigued me and I jumped for the chance to read and review. The most important things I require to rate a book a good mystery are:

  • Suspense and creative action
  • Keeps me guessing with character twists and puzzles.
  • Good character builds and believable settings.
  • Surprises me till the end

There was tons of great suspense and a lot of action. From start to finish we were running along, tying our shoes and tucking in our shirts just to stay caught up. To the point where I wasn’t sure if I was going to the Ball or to McDonald’s for lunch. One minute the Russian Mob was trying to kidnap them or managing to do so, torture information out of them. The next some corrupt officials from some odd FDA office are doing the same thing. Throw in my favorite program WITSEC and a wayward witness and.. wait where are we going? It has a whirlwind romance, whirlwind hijinks, and whirlwind craziness.

It definitely kept me guessing, some of it good, and some of it not so good. The good was I never saw things coming! The puzzles presented were just mind-boggling. Since this is a mystery I cannot go into details on what worked and what did not work for me. A lot of the problems I had were because there was not enough information given. Things just were not fleshed out so I had to take it at face value.

My biggest problem, the character builds. I do not have a problem not liking characters, but the only one I liked, was the U.S. Marshal and he was just not in it enough. I did not like Rebecca for many good and if you read the book obvious reasons. I started off liking Liam only to want to kick him a lot, which still is OK. Liam is the most complex character but I grew up in that world of big money and a lot of responsibilities and being able to live like he did. Some of that stuff just did not jive with me, but again that is me. If I had not known the ins and outs of the accounting I would not have caught on to the inconsistencies. The settings were there, believable however not enough descriptors! I wanted to have the scent, the flow of her hair, the light in the room etc. It felt rushed and not three-dimensional.

I enjoyed the story and the idea behind the story and the puzzles through to the end. I did not stop reading it once I started. I only put it down when things frustrated me and to sleep for the couple of days while I was reading it. As I was nearing the end I really was getting excited, it seemed to be coming together and I was glad it seemed it was not going to let me down. Without spoiling Missing Rebecca, I did not see the end coming and the end was…. jarringly unexpected.

This was a perfect novel for Partners in Crime Tours. Full of suspense, mystery and thrills. I would recommend those who want a quick read at the airport or in front of the fire this winter. Be prepared it has a lot of  f-bombs dropped. Did not bother me, but it may bother others! It was OK, I did not hate it, did not love it, but enjoyed it.


Since the Marshall was my fav, it only is apropos I rate with them!

John Worsley Simpson

 JOHN WORSLEY SIMPSON is a crime-fiction writer. John was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Canada at the age of four and grew up in Toronto, He has been a reporter and editor in major newspapers and news services in North America, England and Ireland. He is married and lives in Newmarket, Ontario. 



Every eBook received for review on the tours for Partners In Crime are given in exchange for an honest review. The eBooks are sole property (copyrighted) of the author and should not be sold, distributed to, or exchanged among other people not part of the tours, nor should they be listed on file sharing sites. Failure to comply with this disclaimer, will result in removal from all future tours.


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  1. Thank you for your amazing and honest review. Great post. Thank you.
    Show me some love!

  2. Great review, I do like a mystery that keeps me guessing. The characters and world-building would bum me out too. Thanks for sharing this. Have you read Tess Gerritsen? Grab book one the Surgeon . You won’t be sorry.
    Show me some love!

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