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