In Toe the Line, small business owner and triathlete, Wynn Johnston, finds his ordered, predictable life thrown into turmoil when his training and business partner, Wheeler, is murdered in the seemingly safe confines of the Seattle airport. As Wynn begins to dig into Wheeler’s past he finds out that his best friend was involved in a racing conspiracy that puts Wynn’s business and his life in danger. Wheeler’s murder forces Wynn to confront deceptive fellow racers, the potential bankruptcy of his business, and past loves he thought long dead, all while avoiding the murderer who is hunting him across Seattle.
This book did not blow my mind nor did it leave a big impression, but it was entertaining enough. Although there was enough suspense and, er, mystery, in the story, the book lacked something. For some reason I did not love any of the characters (except for the two golden retrievers squee!). Wynn was frustrating, Madison the ex-fiancee was a tad bit pushy and annoying, the two detectives were weak and rude. I don’t know, maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood when I read this book. However, I did like that the real bad dudes weren’t revealed until the end. At least there was a bit of excitement even with the characters I couldn’t like. I also appreciated the bits about marathons and triathlons. Wynn’s business included organizing runs and a bit was mentioned about the things needed to set up a race such as race shirts, sponsors, and stuff like route maps and what not. There were also a few scenes where Wynn and Madison worked out by running, biking or swimming. At least I appreciated those bits in the book.
If you’re a true fan of whodunnit novels or if you just want a quick and easy mystery, you might enjoy this book.
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the author
Imagine Dick Francis listing toward adventure races instead of horse racing. With a background in adventure races including being an Army Best Ranger 2000 competitor I try to provide a fresh voice and glimpse into the world of triathlon racing and fitness. Prior to starting my writing career I spent four years as a team leader and squad leader in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. I try to leverage my military experiences into my writing. I work part-time as a fitness trainer and full-time as a technical writer, editor and corporate trainer.