Book Review // Framed by Wayne Kerr

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Black Swann Investigations
Wayne Kerr
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Imajin Books
November 15, 2017
Paperback, Digital
Paperback, Digital

Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…

A cop has very few friends in prison.  After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.

Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?

The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!

Thank you to Author Wayne Kerr for reaching out to Reading a Page Turner for a review of Framed, Kerr’s latest release and the first in the Black Swann Investigation series.


I wasn’t familiar with Wayne Kerr’s writing until his recent book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. Over the past two weeks I’ve shared both an excerpt from Framed, Kerr’s new release, as well as an interview. There hadn’t been a plan to share a review until Kerr reached out directly, and I’m glad he did.

It took me all of two days to read Framed and I’m ready for the next book in the Black Swann Investigations series to continue on with Reggie’s story – and her cohorts, too!

Three characters that become a strong focus are Reggie (of course) and the first friends she makes after moving back home, Hannah, a Constable, and Erika, a lawyer and Reggie’s new boss. The relationships that Reggie builds with these two women offer her a certain comfort level of real life again after prison – of normalcy.

It’s not just the camaraderie between the women that helps Reggie to spring back to life, but the case that she has been tasked with – helping Erika to determine if a client really did kill his wife. Through case investigation, Reggie meets a witness, Randal, and she quickly has another reason for happiness in her life.

Every god deserves to have a goddess.

Reggie is a likable character. She is coming up from the ashes after being disgraced and as a reader I cheered her on as I read. I wanted her to succeed in both figuring out who framed her and moving on with her life.

Outside of Hannah and Erika, Reggie’s mom is prominent within the story and these three women help build the foundation or purpose for Reggie and each have their own unique role within the story to help not only move Reggie along, but the story as well. Then there is Randal. He’s not difficult to understand and I found his character’s role to be predictable.

The reading flowed really well and made sense. Of course there are flashbacks and memories throughout the story, however, when I did encounter these moments it didn’t hinder my reading. There wasn’t a choppy flow of past and present.

I’m a huge crime and mystery reader and enjoyed Framed. However, there was a moment in my reading where I just knew what would happen – and I was right. What kept me reading was the drive to process the sequence of events and I think that Kerr’s writing helped me continue. He’s a good story teller. Had Kerr not written in a way that made me want to keep reading, I would have put the book down.

I wanted more twists, something that would have me second guess myself with how I thought the book would and eventually did end. And I hate to use this word again, but predictable comes to mind. Framed is a book you should pick up and read. I was teetering on how to rate and 3 stars was in my thoughts, but 4 out of 5 stars is where I rank Framed. Ultimately, you will appreciate the story and the storytelling and this is what won the additional star.

Make sure you check out our two other posts on Framed  – find the excerpt here and the author interview here!


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Author of Framed Wayne Kerr

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar).  He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since.  They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home.  The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters.  When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.

For more information on the author and his books please visit: or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels.