26 September 2015

This Doesnt Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) by Renee Pawlish

Title: This Doesn't Happen In the Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Doesnt-Happen-The-Movies-ebook/dp/B005DJHWRW

Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense

Picked this up because it was free and because I love detective stories. I am beginning to think I need to give myself a break from indie books. This has been a disappointing week. While This Doesn't Happen In the Movies started well, reminding me of old-school detective stories, it quickly went downhill. According to Amazon the book is 227 pages, but it seemed an eternity before I finished it.

The plot: Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

The writing: It started really well. No typos, no misused words. Smooth and edited. But by the 70% mark it seemed that the author got tired of her own book. The story began dragging and bumping all over the place. The pace was gone, the characters did stupid things, the plot became tiresome. I lost interest and couldn't wait to reach the end. And it's never good when I begin to root for the bad guys and dislike the protagonist. That’s what happened with This Doesn't Happen In the Movies, which is a shame, because I’ve downloaded Book 7 of this series (which was free as well), and when a book reaches my Kindle, I hate deleting it without giving it a try.
Well, maybe sometime in the future…

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