Review: The Scales
THE SCALES - D. Camille
Sable SiStars Publishing
BUY
December 2016
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW:  This book, THE SCALES, is the third book of the Black Land Series, and as in the previous books, the setting is Detroit, Michigan, the Black Land. It also happens to be the author’s hometown. The storyline revolves around Brandon Williams, Head Prosecutor for the city of Detroit and a member of the Negus, and the city’s Police Chief, Mackenzie Green. They make a formidable pair as they serve and protect the citizens of their city.

Brandon Williams, the hero and the heroine, Mackenzie (Mac) Green are not strangers to the readers of this series. They both appeared in the previous two books,
THE LION and THE BULL. On the surface, this story chronicles the romance that develops between Brandon and Mackenzie. Their love is sultry, steamy and at times, unconventional. You’ll get that when you read the book. However, when you look closer at this story, there is a deeper more somber storyline that prevails throughout the book. Brandon, who is also running for mayor, and Mackenzie are also faced with the task of fighting for fairness in community policing and fighting against corruption in government. Their beloved city of Detroit is under siege with issues of unfair sentencing practices, and king-pin mentality that preys on its own people. Tough job, but Brandon, Mackenzie and the Negus are determined to fight for their city. Their opponent is also formidable and she wears the black hat of the villain well. No spoilers.

Most of the minor characters are familiar to followers of this series: the Negus- Orion, Corvus, Khalil and Lance; Nigists-  Khayla, and Tauri (who also happens to be a city prosecutor). They lend full support to the hero and heroine. Added to this list are the Patterson's (Henry and Millie), and Judge Benjamin Williams, Brandon’s father. The characters introduced in this book who become victims of a corrupt system are members of a Detroit family caught in the web of deceit, dishonesty and desperation. This eclectic ensemble of minor characters all share in the task of helping to carry the storyline from the beginning to the resolution.

I have a confession to make. I am an avid follower of the works of D Camille Maat. I have read every story that she has published. With that being said, there is a passion for her people that comes through in her writing. That passion is openly displayed in
THE SCALES, what she describes as “a conscious romantic suspense…focused on social issues within the African American Community”. The social issues hit home and they hit hard. This is an enlightening read. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

20th December 2016 | romcol@caribsurf.com