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Blabbermouth (A Brit Moran Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Travis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Publishers Weekly:
After his compact car is hit by a large truck, Brit Moran believes that his final moments are imminent, and makes a lengthy deathbed confession to operating an illegal sports gambling racket in Dallas for five years. Fortunately, Moran’s injuries are not fatal; unfortunately, his compromising admissions have been heard by a motley assortment of bedside visitors, including a local police detective and the younger brother of Cesar Hernandez, Moran’s backer in his bookmaking business. The book follows, courtesy of Moran’s often hilarious first-person narration, the consequences of his ill-timed frankness, which include assault, vandalism, theft and murder. When the police identify Moran as the prime suspect in the killing, he embarks on an amateurish and offbeat quest for the truth. Readers who like to smile while reading a whodunit should hope that the author manages to enmesh his creation in further investigations.


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About the Author

Joel Travis was educated at the University of Texas at Austin (B.S. in Advertising), and the University of Texas at Dallas (M.S. in Management and Administrative Sciences). His novel, Blabbermouth, was a Top 100 Semifinalist (out of 5,000) for the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He lives in Dallas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456467700
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H8GUQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun, and memorable March 30, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was referred to this book by a friend as I am a voracious reader, everything from historical biographies to a breadth of genres and mass-market paperback novelists. I am quite particular about what I like in a novel, and have gotten fed up with the formulaic pablum that well-known (and well-paid!) authors like James Patterson and John Grisham churn out. Finding a gem in the form of an original plot, interesting (if incredibly off-beat) characters, and, best of all--witty, understated dialogue--is an occasion to cherish.

All of the above I found in Joel Travis' first novel, "Blabbermouth". Having read as many poorly thought out novels as I have, I am a skeptic until proven otherwise; having said that, I was hooked after reading the first 4-5 teaser pages found on the Amazon website. It was the dialogue that drew me in, and I was not disappointed after buying the book and getting past those first few pages.

This is an wonderful read, good characters (most of them in serious need of professional help of one sort or another!), and outstanding dialogue, the latter reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, Elmore Leonard. Or an even better analogy--remember the characters and dialogue in Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"?

This is a very entertaining and enjoyable book. Reading inside the back cover, apparently it finished in the top 100 out of 5000 entered in a 2008 first novel contest...if this was only in the top 100, it makes me want to seek out many other finalists as they also must be great reads.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure to Read January 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
I was lured in by the title, "Blabbermouth", hooked from the first line of the book, "I should be dead," and thoroughly entertained from that point forward. This author's style of writing is one that makes you keep saying to yourself, "I'll read one more chapter and then I'll stop," but you can't stop reading! Brit, the main character and narrator, has a warped perspective which makes his thoughts extremely funny to read. There's one humorous situation after another such as Brit's predicament about not knowing how much time he has left for his dying remarks. The writing is filled with clever lines such as his description of the gentlemen's club as a place where he knew the girls (Venus, Sassy, Feather, etc.) on a first name basis and where convicts would go "trying to get a fresh start." The conversation with the "fun dimwit" in the club is indeed lots of fun as she explains to Brit her perspective on why the drinks are expensive and makes many more outrageous comments. My husband read this also and I heard him laughing out loud, most likely, during this dialogue. In my opinion, the humor is what makes the writing of this author stand out from the rest.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blabbermouth by Joel Travis June 3, 2011
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Very entertaining read - hilarious and compelling. The writer has a style which kept me laughing the whole way through the book. At first I thought it would be just a funny novel but as the "plot thickened" the mystery and intrigue deepened. Travis is for real and the Brit Moran character needs to live on. Can't wait for his next escapade. I'm not crazy about the book cover - it doesn't really relate to the content of the book and I'm afraid too many people will be turned away by the connotation.

PhastPhil
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Started Laughing Aloud on Page One February 28, 2012
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This is one of the funniest mystery novels I've read in a long time! I guess I would have to compare Brit Moran most closely with Stephanie Plum or Elvis Cole, except he seems to have an enormous ego that knows no bounds! I had to shake my head a few times in disbelief and ask myself "Did he really say that?" If you want suspense and a scary read look elsewhere, but if you want to escape the blues and laugh out loud from beginning to end, this is the perfect read! I'd also like to add that the editing was nearly perfect, which always enhances my kindle reading experience!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blabbermouth(loved the title) January 1, 2014
By PE
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Well thought out characterization, good story line, it was a nice enjoying read! Highly recommend! I believe this may be the authors debut book? I have read many books since, but hats off for a success!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book With Quirky Protagonist October 23, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be more featuring this crew in the future. I have been duped many times by cover blurbs that raved about a book being hilarious or laugh out loud funny when it turned out to be neither. I laughed multiple times while reading this one. The protagonist is maladroit throughout and his self-image far outstrips his real performance but you kind of like him anyway. The supporting characters are a bit thin but this is a one man show from the beginning. The central crime and how the main character actually falls into the solution at the last minute is interesting. I really liked it. It's a breezy, fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story August 20, 2013
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Good read, Brit seems a bit childish but that what's gives him his charm. I was stumped till the end, I like that
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankfully, not a Harlequin Romance Mystery September 27, 2012
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Not a "Cozy Mystery", so why judge it as one? The main Character is an obnoxious self absorbed male chauvinist. The depth of oblivion to others around him, is a great part of his Charm, and the books humor.
Other reviewers need to lighten up. If you want a Harlequin Romance Mystery, then by all means, read one. But don't compare, and give a "One Star" rating, to a great book because it's not what YOU expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and fast paced
I knew from the beginning of the book that it was going to be different. it certainly was, and entertaining as well as funny in some places. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The story was good but as I get older
I had never read a book that was touted as comedy. I mainly read thrillers and detective stories. This book, in several places, actually made me laugh out loud. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DerrikV
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the authors sense of humor in the thought he ...
It was quite the story. I enjoyed the authors sense of humor in the thought he gave his characters. Good read.
Published 2 months ago by Judy Moody
4.0 out of 5 stars America's Answer to Inspector Clouseau
If you're looking for the American answer to Inspector Clouseau, you've found him. Brit Moran is a self obsessed, clueless, loser who manages to stumble into his solutions to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dean Feldmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny.
Not at all what I expected. Brit is such an enjoyable idiot! Look forward to reading more by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Catherine C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
a fun to read tale

easy and enjoyable to relax and laugh while reading
a so called mystery/who done it
Published 5 months ago by Dennis Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good!
A good mystery and hilarious! There were multiple times I laughed out loud while reading this. The author's style of writing was different but I loved it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Loopy Jen
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster
A waste of my time. Couldn't stand the main character, an idiot with no common sense constantly putting his foot in his mouth obsessed with strippers and trying to be a detective. Read more
Published 14 months ago by melly
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame
The main character is pathetic. I became very tired of his lack of reality perception as he attempted to relate to others and to situations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by PW
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but not gripping
Clever, funny writing, but a lightweight plot. Well done for what it is, but I prefer gritty police procedurals--the page-turning variety.
Published 15 months ago by LadyGregory
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