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review 2017-03-25 22:52
The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion
The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 0 - Roger Hayden

Two words: Cliffhanger ending

 

Had I known that going in, I'd have never bothered. I mean, I knew it was a novella, and I knew it was setting up a series of books. Silly me, I still expected an ending "for now" with the overall story continuing in the next book.

 

What I got was was the book just cutting off mid-scene.

 

And not to mention the numerous editing errors, like characters' names changing mid-paragraph, words being left out, improper sentence structure, etc.

 

It also suffered from being way too descriptive in some places and not nearly enough in others. The characters made leaps in judgment at times, and I couldn't quite figure out how they got there.

 

It's a shame, because the idea for the premise was good, but my rage at the cliffhanger, and the editing issues will prevent me from going any further.

 

At least it was free.

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text 2017-02-03 02:14
My Kindle First choice for February
In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II - Rhys Bowen
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review 2017-01-17 04:14
The Case of the Flaming Fashion Queen
The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen - N.L. Wilson

This was somewhere between "OK", and "I liked it." I really liked the fact that the main character is a 40 year old lady PI, and thought the synopsis sounded intriguing, but it didn't quite come together for me.

I mean, for someone who was supposed to have been a PI for many years, Dix (our main character) sure seemed to miss a lot of what I thought were very obvious clues. I had the murderer figured out pretty early on and would get so frustrated when she couldn't put it all together sooner. She also did a couple of things I thought fell into TSTL territory, especially with a murder charge hanging over her head.

I also felt the book tried way too hard to be funny. While I did find some things amusing, I didn't laugh nearly as much as I think I was supposed to.

One thing I did like was the potential for a relationship between Dix and the younger man (he's 28 to her 40) who works for her, Dylan. The attraction is there on both sides, but I'm afraid it's going to get bogged down in "Oh, he's too young for me! I can't!" type stuff, and it shouldn't.

Speaking of Dylan, he apparently has magical color changing eyes. The first couple times they were mentioned, they were brown, and then after that they were suddenly blue. Oooops.

Anyway, it got better towards the end, and I liked some of the supporting characters, but overall it just didn't hook me enough to want to continue with the series.

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text 2017-01-17 00:56
Reading progress update: I've read 61%.
The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen - N.L. Wilson
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text 2017-01-16 19:39
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen - N.L. Wilson

This was free and features a female lead who is around my age range, plus the synopsis sounded interesting, so I decided to go for it.

 

That cover is kind of blinding, though.

 

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