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A New Jersey girl, down on her luck, decides to get into the bounty hunter biz to get some quick cash - by catching her ex-lover, who also happens to be a policeman and an accused murderer. I love humorous takes on the detective genre that still involve actual detecting. The characters here have a lot of life and personality, though a few are pretty obvious ripoffs of other well known characters.
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It's very much a novel of the era it was written in - big hair and all and it actually helps to ground the story. Unfortunately, Stephanie Plum is so doggedly incapable of making even remotely intelligent descisions, it dragged down a good chunk of the story. Overall, I enjoyed this first installment in the Stephanie Plum series, which now number north of fifteen novels.
Her incompetence got in the way of enjoying it a few times, but enough capers struck home and made me want to read the next book. Reviews Of Unusual Size! Especially if you're like Dani Fox - a young, pretty A. Ambitious, feisty and a little naive. O'Brien, the semi-reluctant old-dog homicide detective that helps Dani is also a great character, with shades of Harry Bosch.
Occasionally Sly Fox feels a little too autobiographical and the bad guys are sort of one-note.
And I wish the setting had been described more vibrantly. The third, older, cousin is solid, as is the Aunt. So, Smith figures this might be O. The family house is huge and has every single thing a huge creepy possibly haunted and certainly fascinating old house should have. And, it's surrounded by a forest so deep and dark that it even creeps out the locals.
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AND, Smith has been having increasingly disturbing nightmares about being chased through woods by a white apparition. The plot heats up, a nice girl from school goes missing, there's thunder and lightning, and we're off to the woods for some chasing and being chased.
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This last quarter of the book is, in a word, ripping. Before that, though, we wander around Moonstone Bay, and I'll be darned but it's all interesting and engaging. The cousins are fine. Their friends are fine. The villagers are a bit erratic, and there might be something a little cracked about one or two of them. We get a lot of beach and bay description, even though it's beside the plot point. We get a lot of the village.
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We wander all over the house. We spend a lot of time in the house's ancient cool library. We ride bikes a lot. No bullies, no weird drama. It's mostly hijinks and conversation and everyday life. Through all of this we see Smith building up confidence and grit as a byproduct of dealing with all of this strange newness. And oddly enough, somehow, by the end we are thoroughly invested in having everything turn out alright.
So, anyway, I thought this book was worth a bit of a lengthy description because it might not blurb super well, but it really was a very pleasant and rather impressive surprise. And it's free, or at least kindleunlimited. I loved this book so much, and I'm waiting for the writer to write more.. May 05, Sherry rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was a really enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the second. Saturday, April 10, Progress I haven't been to Moonstone Bay for a while, I'm a long, long distance from the Pacific Northwest, but a lot of good things have been happening with it.
The first chapter has been completely re-written, jumping ahead to the action a bit quicker, and I've revised a few scenes throughout to emphasize his cousin's rambunctious nature. I've also started a query that is progressing well, with an eye at officially starting to send it around by next week. That's one scary step closer to possibly making Smith and my mysterious fishing village a place that exists in more heads than my own. Posted by Kristopher McClanahan at 7: Tuesday, November 10, It's Official!