Sense of place is important to any crime series, mine included, which is why I got a kick out of seeing Back on Murder reviewed in the Conroe newspaper, which is just north of Houston (where the series is set). Here's an excerpt:
The writing contains great descriptive detail; the author carefully notes the characters’ emotional states, giving the reader an opportunity to better understand the psychological motivation for their behaviors. The crime sites are not pictured as pretty or stimulating; they’re just dirty, bloody, realistic and sad.
With the story based in Houston, author Bertrand was generous with his use of real-life places and things in the city. It was fun reading and easy to imagine the action in familiar settings.
The full review is online here: "Well-constructed 'Back on Murder' based in a Houston setting."