Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Dancing Boy (Mystery) by Michael Matson Blog Tour and Review

Title: The Dancing Boy

Author: Michael Matson

Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries

Publication Date: April 6, 2014

Pages: 256

ISBN: 978-1610091411

Genre: Mystery

Format: Paperback

Treat Mikkelson is not exactly a burnt-out case but he’s grown tired of his life as a criminologist, weary of memories of a marriage gone wrong and of his time in Vietnam. Trying to burn the bridges to his past, he finds and remodels a cabin on a small Pacific Northwest Island, settles down to enjoy fishing, setting his crab pot, digging for clams and documenting the lives of his island neighbors.

When an elderly woman in the nearby tourist town of La Conner is found dead however, the victim of what appears to be an accidental fall, Mikkelson is persuaded to look into her death. The discovery that it was murder leads to something more shocking: the human trafficking of young boys brought into the US and Canada.

Michael Matson was born in Helena, Montana, and was immediately issued a 10-gallon Stetson and a pair of snakeskin boots. After formative years spent in New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, California, Hawaii and Japan, Michael earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Following a brief military stint in Oklahoma, where he first encountered red, sticky mud, heavy rain and tarantulas, he returned to Seattle and worked as an advertising agency copywriter, creative director and video producer.

In 2007 he (regretfully) left Seattle for Mexico to have time to write and has since published The Diamond Tree, a fairytale for all ages; Bareback Rider, an inspirational adventure for children; and Takeshi’s Choice, a mystery novel. His short story “Gato” was selected for inclusion in Short Story America’s 2014 anthology. His second mystery novel: The Dancing Boy, was released by Dark Oak Mysteries, a division of Oak Tree Press in April 2014.

He lives with his wife María Guadalupe (Tai), in Morelia, the colonial capital city of Michoacán, where, despite all the bad publicity given the area by U.S. news media, he has never seen a narcotraficante.

Connect with Michael Matson:

Website: www.findmichaelmatson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.p.matson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bescrito

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3096953.Michael_Matson

My review: The Dancing Boy (Mystery) by Michael Matson


It was a hard book for me to get started to read because I actually was reading a real book. I could not change font size to see better. Dancing Boy deals with a hard issue to think about child abuse. So many children are not protected. There are wonderful people trying to stop it too.

The characters seem real to me. I like Treat and the other characters in the book. I would like to see more of them.

The Dancing Boy had some slow parts to build the story and characters. I liked the last half of the book better. Their is some swearing, one sex scene lots of violence.

A elderly woman was murdered and looked like a accident. But one friend of hers Cassie does not believe it was accident. She tries to convince the Sheriff of that. He tells her that if she can convince Treat Mikkelson to look into it he would not have a problem with it.

Treat Mikkelson has retired he just wants to take it easy now. He was tired of helping to put bad guys away. He made enough money on writing books that he can just fish. Cassie convinces him to look into it more.

The setting of the book is a island off of Washington. But it reaches into Canada. There is two Sheriffs in the area because one is for the reservation.

I was given this book The Dancing Boy by Michael Matson so I could read it and write a review on it and be part of it's blog tour.

Tour Dates: July 1-31

Tuesday, July 1

My Life, Loves and Passion – Book Excerpt, Book Review

Thursday, July 3

Room With Books – Book Spotlight, Book Excerpt

Monday, July 7

The Writer’s Life – Author Interview

Monday, July 14

Read My First Chapter – Book Spotlight, Book Excerpt

Tuesday, July 15

Readalot – Book Review

Thursday, July 17

Emeraldfire’s Bookmark – Book Spotlight, Book Review

Friday, July 18

Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Author Guest Post, Book Spotlight, Book Excerpt, Book Review

Monday, July 21

As The Page Turns – Author Interview

Friday, July 25

Bound 2 Escape – Book Spotlight

Monday, July 28

Deal Sharing Aunt – Book Review

Thursday, July 31

The Top Shelf – Book Review


Kathleen Higgins-Anderson said...

Thank you for hosting the virtual book tour event - Kathleen Anderson, PUYB Tour Coord.

rhonda1111 said...

your welcome. Again sorry for my error of writing wrong date down.