mystery

Reviewing the Adrien English series book#1

Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mystery, #1)Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon

Book rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I know the covers are awful but this is a good amateur sleuth series, made even more interesting by the fact that the hero, Adrien, writes mysteries himself and often bemoans that clues don’t just fall into his lap in every other chapter the way they do with his favourite fictional detective from the 1920s.

I think it’s worth saying here that this is a series of five books and in my opinion the mysteries start getting really interesting from book 3.
Before that, I read this one and A Dangerous Thing because I liked Adrien a lot and wanted to see how Jake’s obvious disgust with his own orientation was going to play out through the series and if their relationship would work.

This first book was a great introduction to Adrien English, book store owner and mystery writer. If you stick with the series you see the change in him as he gets more used to tumbling into the middle of murder investigations. By the fourth book his almost blasé attitude during an interview with a cop, makes for a hilarious conversation. The poor cop.

Adrien is a pretty normal guy. He doesn’t have a genius for sleuthing but as Jake puts it at a later date, he has intuition, curiosity and perseverance.

I like how confused he gets and how he can’t see the solution to a mystery but he keeps digging. And I love how I can’t often figure out the clues before he can, and just when I think AHA! he thinks pretty much the same to himself and then tells us that it’s only a theory and he needs proof.

It’s a good series but obviously if you are put off by the fact that Adrien is gay then well, it’s your loss.

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Review: Murder in Mumbai by K.D. Calamur

The eponymous Mumbai steals the show!

15747040Murder in Mumbai by K.D. Calamur

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

When I was perusing netgalley to find something new to read what stopped me at Murder in Mumbai was first the retro coverart and then the synopsis. It reminded me of H.R.F. Keating’s little known creation – an earnest Mumbai police inspector called Ghote.
I loved that series of books and the Ivory Merchant adaptation of the first book, The Perfect Murder. So, I requested this one from netgalley and hoped I got approved.

A day later I had it on my kindle and was immersed in the story. (more…)

Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

oneforOne For The Money by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.75 stars (Not quite four, but close).

What I LOVED about the book — Exchanges like the one below. (Stephanie Plum giving her statement to the police after a car blows up in her parking lot.)

I explain about Beyer’s wife leaving him, and about how he tried to steal the car, and how he made the mistake of saying “fuck God,” and then the car blew up.

“You think God got pissed off and fried Beyer?”

“That would be one theory.”

The book made me laugh at several points and I can completely see why this series took so well with people. I am somewhat wary of any series that goes on for nineteen books with no end in sight, but I can certainly understand the appeal of Stephanie Plum while she’s still a fresh character in the reader’s mind.

I liked the secondary characters, Stephanie’s limitations and her awareness of her own inexperience, and I liked that the story centred around Stephanie’s rookie investigations and not any romance between the bounty hunter and the fugitive.

The only complaints I have — On two distinct occasions, Stephanie walks in somewhere and sees something that the police/P.I.s usually don’t see without putting in hours and hours of surveillance. She has to be the luckiest rookie ever.

MAJOR SPOILER BELOW. (more…)