We ask authors to share their favorite ‘underrated’ books. Books they’d gift to readers that are ‘undiscovered’. 

Recommended by author Robert P. French:

I got my first Burnside Mystery from a Bookbub offer and I became an instant fan. I have read all twelve of the books in the series and am looking forward to reading the next one. The Burnside character is a modern version of the old-style hard-boiled detective. He is like a 21st century Travis McGee. In addition to creating a believable and loveable cast of characters, David Chill crafts mysteries with the skill of a Michael Connelly and the humor of a Carl Hiassen.
Burnside—we never find out his first name—is a former football player who became a PI after a career-ending injury. In the first book in the series, he is hired by a more-than-a-little-sleazy football agent, Cliff Roper who is under investigation for the attempted murder of his equally-sleazy ex-partner, whom Roper claims he fired. Burnside takes the case and things get crazy. I won’t spoil the reader’s enjoyment with a rehash of the plot but the reader is in for a fun ride. The plot twists and turns are surprising yet believable and Burnside’s irreverent humor is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Football is a backdrop to the books and although I am not a huge football fan, I really enjoyed the references to the game and to the interesting insider information that Chill sprinkles into the books. I emailed my readers a link to the books and many of them became Burnside fans.
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Her fiction writing has received the Author / Ambassador at Library Journal Self-e Authors, Winner Queen of the West Reader Favorite Award, Amazon Bestseller - Historical, Double finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Mystery and Humorous Categories. Writing humorous cozy mysteries and romantic comedy, Jocie can find humor in most everything, even when she shouldn't. She lives in the Midwest on Dust Bunny Farm with her family.