Book Review: Dead by Sunrise

Title: Dead by Sunrise (A Chief Mattson Mystery)

Author: Richard Ryker

Narrator: Tom Taverna




A young woman is savagely murdered on a popular beach near Forks, WA.

Former homicide detective Brandon Mattson takes command of his hometown police force just one year after his brother was killed in the line of duty. Still haunted by his brother’s unsolved murder, he struggles to rein in the fledgling department while learning the ropes as a newly divorced single parent.

Brandon’s respite from homicide is short-lived when a missing woman’s body washes ashore on the nearby Quileute Reservation. Savage fang marks and a series of ominous vampire-related graffiti point to a member of a secret blood-sucking cult. But Brandon’s not so sure wannabe vampires are to blame, and it soon becomes evident that more than one person had reason to murder the young woman.

Balancing the investigation, small-town politics, and parenting his 15-year-old daughter, Brandon is running out of time to solve the case before the bloodthirsty killer claims another victim.

Fans of suspenseful mysteries with a twist will find a new favorite in homicide detective turned chief of police Brandon Mattson.

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Dead by Sunrise tops my charts for suspense, easy immersion, and great characters. It was a delight to read.” (David Brown, Darling Axe senior editor)

Perfect for fans of:

  • Psychological thrillers
  • Crime fiction
  • Police procedurals
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Thrillers

©2019 Richard Ryker (P)2020 Richard Ryker



My Review

5/5 Stars

Chief of Police Brandon Mattson is glad to take his new job Chief of Police. After being a homicide detective, he’s ready to step down and settle into his old hometown of Forks. On the first day on the job, however, he gets a call about a dead girl on the beach. Strange marks on her neck point to vampire folklore.

Well written detective novel. Plenty of suspense and twists to keep just about anyone entertained. The characters are vibrant and realistic. I liked the small town feel the story had and the way that the author made some jokes, particularly about the Twilight franchise that made the area famous.

I highly recommend this series and author to fans of murder mystery/detective/thriller novels.

Narration fit the story perfectly.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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