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The job of criminal investigator in a rural Florida county is never easy, but it’s even harder when your father is the sheriff. When Larry Macklin investigates the murder of a mutilated stranger, the search for the victim’s identity intersects with an arson investigation. The common thread is a small group of people who were in high school together in the ’70s, including The job of criminal investigator in a rural Florida county is never easy, but it’s even harder when your father is the sheriff. When Larry Macklin investigates the murder of a mutilated stranger, the search for the victim’s identity intersects with an arson investigation. The common thread is a small group of people who were in high school together in the ’70s, including Larry’s own father. Before Larry can rule any of them out as the killer, one of them turns up dead. Why is the murderer targeting this particular group? What past secrets could be worth killing for now? Larry is running out of time and suspects, and his search for the truth may make him the next victim.


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The job of criminal investigator in a rural Florida county is never easy, but it’s even harder when your father is the sheriff. When Larry Macklin investigates the murder of a mutilated stranger, the search for the victim’s identity intersects with an arson investigation. The common thread is a small group of people who were in high school together in the ’70s, including The job of criminal investigator in a rural Florida county is never easy, but it’s even harder when your father is the sheriff. When Larry Macklin investigates the murder of a mutilated stranger, the search for the victim’s identity intersects with an arson investigation. The common thread is a small group of people who were in high school together in the ’70s, including Larry’s own father. Before Larry can rule any of them out as the killer, one of them turns up dead. Why is the murderer targeting this particular group? What past secrets could be worth killing for now? Larry is running out of time and suspects, and his search for the truth may make him the next victim.

30 review for November's Past

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Entertaining mystery. Loved Larry Macklin character and this author's writing style. Grabbed me from the beginning, couldn't put it down. Back in the 70's life was really hard for the certain groups, we came to understand and except them now. Story has a good twists. Can't wait Ivy's veterinarian visit, I'm sure I will be reading the next book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bark

    This was my IRL book meeting book choice for Monday's meeting. Not next Monday, the Monday that just passed us by. Oops, I forgot to buy and read it in time and now we're on to the 2nd one! I'll get going on it soon(ish).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    Altogether not a bad read, but not an outstanding one either. My main takeaway is that this is a story about grown men with Daddy issues - albeit being a mystery, more or less. Even the protagonist, Deputy Larry Macklin, investigating the case, has issues since he only took this deputy job because he wanted to be close to his father, the sheriff, after the death of his mother. The plot itself is rather meager, as we learn that innocent people get killed because they might know of a recently discl Altogether not a bad read, but not an outstanding one either. My main takeaway is that this is a story about grown men with Daddy issues - albeit being a mystery, more or less. Even the protagonist, Deputy Larry Macklin, investigating the case, has issues since he only took this deputy job because he wanted to be close to his father, the sheriff, after the death of his mother. The plot itself is rather meager, as we learn that innocent people get killed because they might know of a recently disclosed family secret (no spoilers, but again, daddy issue). I wasn’t impressed with that particular motive, I have to say. Don’t get me wrong, I think deputy Larry Macklin is a very sympathetic young man, who doesn’t know if he’s the right man for the job. He has a good sense of humor and a sense of loyalty and friendship that I appreciate. It was more the depth of the story that was lacking. As a fan of mystery stories, I expected more gravitas. **2,5**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Larry Macklin is a criminal investigator in a small rural Florida county. This is not what he wants to do the rest of his life … but his father is the Sheriff. And daddy wants son to follow his footsteps. The crime in this small town is usually small-time stuff. But then a man is found brutally murdered. And a couple of blocks away a house is burned to the ground. Larry and his partner, Pete, plus another investigator, at first consider this an accidental fire.. but then Larry finds threads that Larry Macklin is a criminal investigator in a small rural Florida county. This is not what he wants to do the rest of his life … but his father is the Sheriff. And daddy wants son to follow his footsteps. The crime in this small town is usually small-time stuff. But then a man is found brutally murdered. And a couple of blocks away a house is burned to the ground. Larry and his partner, Pete, plus another investigator, at first consider this an accidental fire.. but then Larry finds threads that connect the arson to his murdered man. And then more threads lead him to a group of people who used to hang around together some 30 years earlier …. A group that includes Larry’s father. And then there’s another body. Before the body count gets any bigger, Larry must determine why this group of people are now being targeted. What happened all those years ago? And who is next on the killer’s list? Larry‘s running out of time but then everyone has secrets. The book is well written, the characters are finely drawn. I like Larry Macklin .. he has a sense of humor, although it comes across as somewhat sarcastic. He doesn’t like his job particularly, but he hasn’t decided what he wants to be when he grows up. And he loves his daddy. The suspense is not over the top, but there is enough combined with the mystery to keep the reader turning pages. Many thanks to A. E. Howe and NetGalley, who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Note to Self: (another kindle unlimited offering not for me) very simple...father is the sheriff in FL, son investigator under him....series of murders/arson in small community - connection to when his father was young - small rays of humour but written at a very low cognitive level...not motivated to follow series

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Adams County (near Tallahassee) Deputy Sheriff Larry Macklin begins , "November's Past", describing himself as "A crappy detective, no a crappy investigator". Really a weird way to start out a crime thriller novel. Author A.E. Howe's first book in his Larry Macklin series has an odd protagonist to say the least. The sheriff of Adams County is Ted Macklin. Ted is Larry's father. Along with his out of shape and unmotivated partner Pete Henley, the bored Larry seems to be just going through the mot Adams County (near Tallahassee) Deputy Sheriff Larry Macklin begins , "November's Past", describing himself as "A crappy detective, no a crappy investigator". Really a weird way to start out a crime thriller novel. Author A.E. Howe's first book in his Larry Macklin series has an odd protagonist to say the least. The sheriff of Adams County is Ted Macklin. Ted is Larry's father. Along with his out of shape and unmotivated partner Pete Henley, the bored Larry seems to be just going through the motions day by day. Late one night on patrol the pair come across the body of Mark Kemper laying in a ditch the victim of a really gruesome murder. Kemper 51, seems to be an enigma to this small town. Larry runs into dead end after dead end researching Kemper's past. However Larry does seem to discover a pattern when he discovers Mark was gay and went to high school in Adams back in the 1970's. A recent 70's class reunion has also seemed to be a clue to Kemper's murder. Sheriff Ted also attended the reunion but doesn't see the pattern starting to arise from the late 70's in Adams County. At time I thought this was a pretty good read. Then at times it really frustrated me. The plot twists thrown in to confuse the reader just didn't work . Also I thought the characters needed more substance. The supporting characters didn't support very much. Ted's great dane "Mauser" and Larry's inept ability to chat up a girl he has a crush on do seem to get annoying in this tale. Overall I gave, "November's Past", three stars out of a possible five stars. Author A.E. Howe has several of these Larry Macklin mysteries. I think I would really like to read another to see if he grows on me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Witherspoon

    My kind of crime novel I enjoyed this book, it got right to the action and jumped right into the investigation without all the descriptive stuff I've been forced to endure trying to get through some of the crime novels I've chosen lately. I liked the characters and the humorous banter between the father and son as well, refreshing. I also like the fact that there was just a hint of romance. I even took a liking to the newly acquired snitch and his surprised role in saving Macklin's life. Would de My kind of crime novel I enjoyed this book, it got right to the action and jumped right into the investigation without all the descriptive stuff I've been forced to endure trying to get through some of the crime novels I've chosen lately. I liked the characters and the humorous banter between the father and son as well, refreshing. I also like the fact that there was just a hint of romance. I even took a liking to the newly acquired snitch and his surprised role in saving Macklin's life. Would definitely recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott Mitchell

    Good debut Very good story. Deputy Macklin is a very likable and smart cop. Good mystery, characters are interesting and believable. Bring on book 3!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    oh my goodness, 11 books in this series, wow wee that is awesome for folks like me who loved this book!! i am a newbie to A.E. Howe, i love me a great mystery! such an amazing group of characters. Mauser steals the show, don't most dogs in books do that??! will read more from this author very very soon. ( :

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    Unfortunately, this story did not connect with me. Listened with TTS Clean with Foul Language.

  11. 5 out of 5

    P.

    November started out fine: plain, simple writing, decent main character, ok ensemble, not great but ok. There were a few quirks early that dragged me away from the story as the somewhere in his late 20's hero reminisced about the 60s music etc as if he remembered it and mentions how much easier the internet makes things. Yes it does!!! Now the whole plot build up gave almost no clue as to the bad guy who turned out to one of many shrill, ill-tempered characters that filled this plot, but frankly November started out fine: plain, simple writing, decent main character, ok ensemble, not great but ok. There were a few quirks early that dragged me away from the story as the somewhere in his late 20's hero reminisced about the 60s music etc as if he remembered it and mentions how much easier the internet makes things. Yes it does!!! Now the whole plot build up gave almost no clue as to the bad guy who turned out to one of many shrill, ill-tempered characters that filled this plot, but frankly I just didn't buy the motivation for 3 murders, let alone the couple more planned.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    This was an interesting take on your average police procedural novel. Instead of the main focus being on the murders, there was just as much focus placed on the personal interactions of Deputy Macklin. It was those little "personal" touches that made this novel more engaging to me as a reader. I loved the supporting characters in this novel as well. In fact, I think my personal favorite was Mauser - Sheriff Macklin's Great Dane. This isn't to say that the other human characters aren't all well d This was an interesting take on your average police procedural novel. Instead of the main focus being on the murders, there was just as much focus placed on the personal interactions of Deputy Macklin. It was those little "personal" touches that made this novel more engaging to me as a reader. I loved the supporting characters in this novel as well. In fact, I think my personal favorite was Mauser - Sheriff Macklin's Great Dane. This isn't to say that the other human characters aren't all well developed and bring something to the overall story in their own right - but Mauser not only provided some comic relief in an otherwise serious novel, but he also reminded me so much of my own dogs that I couldn't help but laugh whenever he was "on the scene". From the banter between the deputies, to Larry's trying to balance a promise to his father with what he really wants out of life (and trying to put his all into something his heart isn't entirely in), to all of the other twists and turns added in, this was an enjoyable way to spend a rainy day. Overall, I would certainly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a well-written thriller. I would definitely read more from this author! DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jess Kissir

    I think I'm really going to enjoy this series. I like the writing style and I like Larry as a character. I enjoy that he feels obligated to be a detective, thinks he's terrible at it, but ends up that he's catching on. I think this is the start of something good.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Horace A. Creary

    A refreshing thriller This book peaks and holds the readers interest, keeping you going from page to page. The story constantly creates genuine interest by the reader.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Quillracer

    This was not a terrible book, nor was it a stellar one. It was just okay. But I liked it enough that I want to read more in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    Larry Macklin is a not-too-enthusiastic, but highly competent deputy sheriff in rural Adams County, Florida. He’s investigating the case of a mutilated stranger and that case intersects with an arson case being handled by his least favorite co-worker. The common thread is a small group of people who went to high school together, including Larry’s father. Things are awkward enough with that, but Larry’s father is also the county sheriff. One of Larry’s witnesses is a cross-dresser who’s willing t Larry Macklin is a not-too-enthusiastic, but highly competent deputy sheriff in rural Adams County, Florida. He’s investigating the case of a mutilated stranger and that case intersects with an arson case being handled by his least favorite co-worker. The common thread is a small group of people who went to high school together, including Larry’s father. Things are awkward enough with that, but Larry’s father is also the county sheriff. One of Larry’s witnesses is a cross-dresser who’s willing to be a snitch to keep his lacy panty-wearing a secret, and he tells Larry there are some corrupt cops and deputies involved in dirty dealings. The cases just keep getting more complicated. The minus: The title of the book - the apostrophe in the title tripped me up. I kept wondering “November’s Past whats?” It just read weird to me. I think Novembers Past plural would make more sense, because of the first case’s connection to the 70s. I see, however, that book 2 in the series is titled “December’s Secrets,” so the naming convention must be on purpose. The pluses: The title bugged me, but I’m glad I kept reading. Larry is an interesting character. From the get go, he admits he’s a crappy investigator who never really wanted to be in law enforcement, but is doing it out of a sense of obligation to his father. His mother died suddenly and to get his father out of a funk, Larry told his dad if he’d run for sheriff, Larry would go through the academy. His dad won the election, and Larry became a deputy. Turns out, though, that he’s got serious detective skills and a knack for pulling diverse facts together to solve cases. Larry reminds me vaguely of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire – laconic, and always doing the next right thing. The supporting characters, including the sheriff, his Great Dane Mauser, Larry’s lackadaisical partner, and Larry’s rescue cat, Ivy, rounded out the story for me. The dialogue between them rings true. I liked the burgeoning relationship between the vet tech, Cara, who Larry meets when he ends up taking Mauser to the vet because his dad is otherwise engaged. It was fun to watch the hesitancy in the fledgling relationship and see them getting to know each other. Maybe she’ll be his love interest, maybe not, but he’s clearly found a good friend in her. This was an engaging, enjoyable read for me. I want to spend more time with Larry and the other characters, and see what happens next in his life. I will be keeping up with this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great Mystery This book is a good start to a series of police procedural type mysteries. The book is set in a small town as well. Larry Macklin is a typical cop protagonist with a little edge. He looks into the case, follows the leads and discover who is the killer. Except the guy didn't want to be a cop. He also lives alone, and spends most of his time working. He gets a case that turns out to be a real puzzler. A man is found shot in the back, his face smashed in and his fingers missing. The ca Great Mystery This book is a good start to a series of police procedural type mysteries. The book is set in a small town as well. Larry Macklin is a typical cop protagonist with a little edge. He looks into the case, follows the leads and discover who is the killer. Except the guy didn't want to be a cop. He also lives alone, and spends most of his time working. He gets a case that turns out to be a real puzzler. A man is found shot in the back, his face smashed in and his fingers missing. The case is very good, and has a few good twists. The town and characters are akin to small town life and th he main character makes a good detective. He has a life interest that is a vet technician at the local animal hospital. All and All its a good start to a series. The characters where realistic and the mystery was great to figure out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna Brown

    I found this book to be a quick and enjoyable read. The characters were down to earth with real life struggles, especially the main character Larry Macklin. The police procedures were accurate and plausible but the author didn’t get mired down with intricate details, as a reader I got just enough. The story line was interesting and I found no down time, it flowed well. Howe delves into the personalities of Macklin and his co-workers and the struggles of those in law enforcement as they try to ba I found this book to be a quick and enjoyable read. The characters were down to earth with real life struggles, especially the main character Larry Macklin. The police procedures were accurate and plausible but the author didn’t get mired down with intricate details, as a reader I got just enough. The story line was interesting and I found no down time, it flowed well. Howe delves into the personalities of Macklin and his co-workers and the struggles of those in law enforcement as they try to balance a demanding career with their personal lives. Mauser, his father’s dog, provided comic relief that those with big dogs can relate to. I look forward to reading the remaining books in this series and discovering how Macklin evolves professionally and personally and how A.E. Howe evolves as a writer. I try to give self-published author’s a chance and I’m glad I tried this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Clearly I have been reading these completely out of order but have finally managed to get to the first in the series and while I did enjoy it, it is not quite as good as the others. There is a bit more background as you would expect and this makes the story a little slow to start and gives it a slightly clunky feel, detracting from the story slightly. Once you get past this, the rest does begin to flow well and you get hints of how good a story Howe can weave but the need for backstory makes thi Clearly I have been reading these completely out of order but have finally managed to get to the first in the series and while I did enjoy it, it is not quite as good as the others. There is a bit more background as you would expect and this makes the story a little slow to start and gives it a slightly clunky feel, detracting from the story slightly. Once you get past this, the rest does begin to flow well and you get hints of how good a story Howe can weave but the need for backstory makes this a little juddery every so often., although this may be more noticeable for me having read later books in the series, I may not have noticed if I'd started with this one. Still a good start to the series and one that would really grab your interest if you read things in the right order.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott K

    Wood series start This book kept showing up in my many searches as a suggestion, but for some reason it just didn’t excite me. But when everything else I was checking out was less exciting I figured give it a try. I’m glad I did. Thus far the characters are real and a good mix personalities. The mystery itself wasn’t a stunner, it became rather clear I guess midway, but to tell the scene may spoil it for someone else. I wish the climactic ending would have been different but I guess without a clim Wood series start This book kept showing up in my many searches as a suggestion, but for some reason it just didn’t excite me. But when everything else I was checking out was less exciting I figured give it a try. I’m glad I did. Thus far the characters are real and a good mix personalities. The mystery itself wasn’t a stunner, it became rather clear I guess midway, but to tell the scene may spoil it for someone else. I wish the climactic ending would have been different but I guess without a climatic ending it would have been a yawner ending for others. Glad to see there are a number of already published books in the series. Unles it does a 180 I’ve got some reading to do.

  21. 4 out of 5

    M

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “November’s Past” is a Pass I always look forward to a new-to-me police procedural series. Here’s how book #1 opens: The protagonist (good guy, hero, the main character) tells us he’s “a crappy detective. Oh, sorry, a crappy investigator.” He thinks this whilst looking down an embankment at a murder victim’s body. That might have been a self-deprecating quip, but he follows this “I hate my job” whinge by jumping to conclusions: it’s a drug killing & big city killers dumped this body in his small “November’s Past” is a Pass I always look forward to a new-to-me police procedural series. Here’s how book #1 opens: The protagonist (good guy, hero, the main character) tells us he’s “a crappy detective. Oh, sorry, a crappy investigator.” He thinks this whilst looking down an embankment at a murder victim’s body. That might have been a self-deprecating quip, but he follows this “I hate my job” whinge by jumping to conclusions: it’s a drug killing & big city killers dumped this body in his small town. Later back at HQ, he noses in on another investigator’s arson case, thinking “Maybe with a little luck I could solve it before him.” As for the supporting cast: 1. MC’s overweight partner works a side-job at a Waffle House, falls asleep whilst attending a murder scene (because he never gets enough sleep), and eats a huge breakfast every morning for an hour or more, at a nearby restaurant/grill—on county time. 2. Another investigator is a “little shit” who no wants to work with and whose ex-wife moved across country to get away from him. I sighed but read on to discover that the MC took the police investigator job because his father is the sheriff. More, the MC doesn’t get along with his sheriff-father, who happens to have a 190 lb. Great Dane that misbehaves to the point of being destructive—because it’s never been trained. So many books to read and so little time! I declare this book DNF. Onto the next book on my To Read List. 2 Stars because the author had a decent editor.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Hyche

    Great mystery I had not previously read a book by this author i just say, however, I am impressed. This is a great mystery with relatable characters. Lately I have read books "advertised" as mysteries only to unfortunately discover the plot is so outlandish it is unbelievable. Thankfully that is not the case with this story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. No graphic series so I will recommend for ages approximately 15+

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Henry

    Dectective? Or not My first time to read a Larry Macklin mystery book. I found it an interesting and fun read. This book has links to days of his father's youth, and now his father is the sheriff and Larry is a deputy officer in that office. Old truths come to light and crimes are committed to try to stop the information flowing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is an interesting, well-written novel. I was not familiar with the author and downloaded the book because it was supercheap on Amazon. The characters are fully drawn, the dialogue is clear and clever, the plot is clearly and thoroughly developed. I plan to read move novels by this author and featuring Larry Macklin.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Louise Pass

    Good story A perfectly normal guy, no weird quirks, investigates murders as a part of the sheriff's department headed by his normal dad. I found this book to be well written, and the story believable. One or two things became obvious perhaps a little before the author actually disclosed them but it did not impact the pleasure of reading the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Okay it was a decent story. Clean too. I like clean for a change. My problem was this: As soon as Larry had an ah-ha moment, the case quickly became solved. It was too much as though the author couldn’t resist the big reveal any longer. It goes like this: Larry had the ah-ha moment. Immediately thereafter the suspect knows Larry figured it out. How? It only goes downhill from there.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Larry Macklin works, reluctantly, as a criminal investigator in a rural county of Florida when he is assigned the case of a mulitated body found in a ditch. Difficulties arrive when a motive cannot be found, but how does arson and the discovery of another body help. An enjoyable story, with some likeable characters, which is probably more of a 3.5 rating

  28. 5 out of 5

    JJ Harris

    Good Read The story moves forward quickly and the main character is relatable and likable. Mystery, as usual, is used in the loosest terms since the answer to the book really isn’t derived from real clues but more contrived by accidental mentions in unrelated situations. If that is how real detectives connect the dots we all have a lot to worry about.

  29. 5 out of 5

    D. E.

    An AEH. Mystery Novel/ (LMMB - 1)/Murder/Let The Truth Be Told AEH. has. penned a mystery novel about a Deputy Sheriff 's Detective. The Detective is assigned a murder mystery by the Sheriff. The detective stumbled through the US investigation trying to find the culprit and the reason why. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anadarko52

    Excellent I read this novel free from Prime Reading. It was a pleasant surprise. A murder mystery with the main character being a sheriff's deputy, albeit a reluctant one, as well as the sheriff's son. Good character development, good plot. Enjoyable. Look forward to the next one in the series.

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