Friday, November 25, 2016

"Badge Without Honor" by: Emily Kendricks

  • Author Emily Kendricks has penned a very exciting Suspense novel in Badge Without Honor. The story starts innocently with the introduction of John Bocello, a tough New York homicide detective who's just trying to keep his life together after a divorce.

Fortunately, his badge puts him in constant contact with the dregs of society and keeps him busy. And, when the murders slow down, there's always that stack of cold cases to work on.

Bocello banters with his partner, Detective Steve Parsons, does a little socializing, and then all hell breaks loose when a series of murders leave the victims looking like bloody jigsaw puzzles.

Badge was put out by Sarah Publishing and is available in paperback (250 pages) as well as Kindle at Amazon. The formats aren't listed together (oops), but trust me, they are both available. The kindle edition is 605 kb at just $2.99. The novel is well formatted and edited.

The story builds slowly, moving forwards past police work, parties, a partner who is perpetually incompetent and embarrassing in social situations but seems to do just fine for himself with the ladies, and a nagging feeling that perhaps those bodies are jigsaw puzzles, and not only could they be fit back together, but each of the new murders could be pieced together some those from the past.

There is plenty of barnstorming for ideas and sleuthing in this book, and you will enjoy the plot twists and the anticiipation of figuring out hte cluues right along with Detective Bocello. Enjoy.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe





Friday, November 18, 2016

Deadly Stillwater By: Roger Stelljes

Roger Stelljes is a very successful writer. The author of Deadly Stillwater, with over 3,100 reviews, has developed quite a following of late. The book is currently available for FREE on Kindle and  it's a good size read, 378 pages, or 5461 on Kindle.

The writing is good with a quick pace, and the majority of the reviewers at Amazon like the book very much, with 88% of the reviewers giving it either 5 or 4-stars. Obviously, Stelljes is doing something right.

The best thing about the book and the McRyan mystery series is that it does get tense. As a crime novel, I believe that readers are truly intrigued by the crimes themselves and by the suspense that Stelljes installs from chapter to chapter.

Several of the characters are paper thin, and while other writers bring the characters to us slowly, Stelljes actually adds a few pages of brief introductions near the start of the book. Again, that's against tradition, but nobody seems to care.

As for the rest of the writing, this is all story. The author captures the reader's attention by giving us a story that's intriguing and a quick read. I'll also say that he seems to be a bit lazy, actually using catch phrases like "spilled the beans" (twice), "tough as nails," and "big powwow," That's my take. Read it for the fun. Especially if it's still Free on Kindle!

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe