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Brett Enters the Square Circle (Brett Cornell Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

David D'Aguanno
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Where in the world is Stacey Ashton?

Stacey herself told her employer that she was leaving for Philadelphia on personal business.

But Melanie Foster suspects that the girl has run off to Florida with her husband instead.

Enter private detective and self-proclaimed unscrupulous bastard Brett Cornell who attempts to discover Stacey's true whereabouts, only to learn that she may actually have been murdered -- and that the murder took place a lot closer to home.

In this fifth Brett Cornell detective novel set in the late 1980s, Brett finds himself pitted against a group of particularly deceitful and unpredictable characters.

And at the same time, he is about to imperil those stunning Adonis-like features of his when he enters the boxing arena in a major bout that may very well turn out to be a life-changing experience for him.

Praise ~

"...
This was a fun, light read that kept me smiling and engaged, and I'd definitely be interested in reading more of this series."
("ReaderGirl", Goodreads, 4/5 Stars)

"... What I like most about
this novel is that while part of you is kind of laughing at Brett for
his tawdry, over-the-top behavior and attitude, the other half of you is
totally enjoying it and loving watching him get away with it! I
literally laughed out loud at so many parts... All
in all a delightful read, one that I think most people would enjoy."
(Jesse, Goodreads, 4/5 Stars)

"HA! This book was awesome...Totally funny moments and witty dialogue made this book a really fun and different type of read."
(Claire, Goodreads, 5/5 Stars)

". . .Some
of Brett's one-liners had me laughing as I read along, and I think
people will really get a kick out of this book. I know I did. I'm
curious to read the rest of this series and see what capers my new
friend Brett gets into next!"
(BellaReadz, Goodreads, 5/5 Stars)


Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for THE BRETT CORNELL SERIES:

"These Brett novels are jam-packed with interesting situations and characters, riveting action, and surprisingly, tons of complex human interaction. And of course, they are hilarious." (5,5 stars) Leonard Kilbane, Amazon


Praise for "BRETT GETS HAMMERED":

"...Interesting plot, great comic timing, masterfully written, putting us deep inside Brett's mind..." (5,5 stars) Denyse Cohen, Amazon


Praise for
"BEACH BUM BRETT":

"The man is crude, conceited, obnoxious -- but sexy as hell and twice as funny! This is the second book in this series that I've read, and I can hardly wait to get started on another one. A fun read!" (5,5 stars) Lighthouse Lover, Amazon

From the Author

The events that take place in this novel -- as in the other novels in this series -- are purely fictitious; moreover, the conduct displayed by several off-duty policemen in this story is in no way intended to reflect that of any real-life policemen, just as Brett's behavior is hardly meant to be indicative of the way private detectives comport themselves in the real world.

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  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z0XUNM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny book with great characters. August 12, 2013
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
Not many people have gotten the best of private detective Brett Cornell. After all he is one unscrupulous bastard who is smarter, tougher and better looking then everyone around him and he always gets the ladies. There is one man who did get the best of him and his name is Gil Bailey. Along with his buddy "Big Bull" Sean O' Rourke, they scarred Brett for life. Brett wants revenge and gets his chance when Gil challenges him to a charity boxing match. Can Brett keep up with the younger and stronger Gil or will he be left with psychological scars that will never heal?

To make things a little more complicated, Brett also gets hired by Melanie Foster to find Stacey Ashton. Melanie believes Stacey stole her husband and ran off to Florida and Melanie wants her brought back so she can teach Stacey a lesson. As Brett researches the case he finds out that Stacey may have been murdered and her body may be hidden close by.

Brett Enters The Square Circle by David D'Aguanno is the fifth book in the Brett Cornell mystery series. All the books in this series are stand alone stories and you don't have to read the others to enjoy it. This book has some funny lines from Brett but there is also a good story and some great characters.

A couple of reviews I saw for Brett Enters The Square Circle called it a "light read" and another one said that "Brett is annoying and he overshadows the other characters." I couldn't disagree with these statements more. I felt the story was deep and all the characters came across as interesting including the minor characters. For instance you hear about Melanie Foster's husband from her point of view but then you really get to know her husband and feel sympathy for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something unique and engrossing. Sure to be a hit series. September 14, 2012
By Kane
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must admit that I actually sympathized with arrogant bastard of a main character that is Mr. D'Aguanno's focus, Brett Cornell. I think most men would to a certain degree. Although there is plenty of humor that kept me openly laughing many times throughout the read (which caused people to look at me), there is also an unexpected amount of gritty, alpha-male interaction and conflict that is as real as it gets. I think women could also benefit and learn about male behavior from reading these novels, if they don't take it so seriously.
I won't give too much away, just read it and be taken in by characters that you could very well meet in real life. I felt as thought I was transported to some of the locales described, and was rubbing shoulder-to-shoulder in a bar with some of them, good and bad.
I am already reading the next chapter, "Brett Gets Hammered." Don't let the humorous titles fool you; there is plenty of depth and finesse contained in these novels. I have a lot of catching up to do now that I've come across this excellent series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent! A gut-buster! July 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I confess: it took me a while to warm up to this novel. The protagonist is an arrogant, conceited, callous, most insuferable macho-minded private eye who seems to be competing for the title of "World's Most Unscrupulous Bastard". He's totally insensitive to the needs of others, especially women. How could I get to review a a book with such an un-like-able personality?
At the time the story starts, he is currently without a case to solve and is hanging out in the local waterholes and night clubs, especially a place favored by the local police force. This involves him into some macho verbal exchanges that lead to a soon-too-be-schedule fisticuff with the local bar-brawl champion, a cop by the name of Gil Bailey.
Enter Melanie Foster, who hires Brett for what appears to be a regular gumshoe assignment, tracking her husband and his suspect hanky-panky affair in Tampa, Florida. Then all he11 breaks loose; the case is certainly more than meets the eye.
But then something happened; by the time I got to chapter three, it was evident that I was catching up to the spirit of the thing and enjoying this book! Of course, it may take some time to get used to the main character's over-bloated but amazingly amusing ego (you may wish to check the sample to see if this series if your cup of tea), but in the end I can say I was greatly entertained. I'm looking forward to read other books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous fun! July 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a surprisingly fun read! The mystery, the story, the other characters, all pale when compared to Brett Cornell's overwhelming personality. He has a gigantic ego, crass attitude, and a perverse outlook on life. He swaggers through the whole book (well, until near the end) and I kind of wanted to see him 'knocked down to size' but even with his arrogance, he's not the most distasteful character in the book, and there are a few characters I hope he'll get the better of. Brett's view on his fellow humans, while seemingly perverse, are more often than not, accurate, so even if Brett sometimes doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed, there are surprising flashes of his intellect and intuition.

The mystery is resolved rather quickly and efficiently, and the murderer telegraphs his guilt pretty clearly in one scene, but the mystery is secondary to the comedic tribulations of the main character as he tries his best to get laid, get respect, and get money with as little effort as possible. However, near the end of the novel, there are several poignant moments where our hero starts to realize the trajectory of his volatile life's path and the question of whether or not he will be redeemed will no doubt be fodder for subsequent books in the series, but the fact that Brett does have a heart somewhere makes the whole book that much more of an intriguing character study. So I would recommend this story and probably the whole series for the outrageous and humorous adventures of Brett Cornell.
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I am a retired English teacher who got hooked on detective novels when I was an adolescent. Later on, during the 1980s, I began writing my own detective novels, all of them featuring a hard-boiled, unscrupulous character by the name of Brett Cornell.
Prospective readers may possibly need to be aware that the novels are written in a tongue-in-cheek style and are meant to be humorous in many respects, just so long as one doesn't take Brett and his outrageous attitudes and behavior too seriously.

The badge that you see here was awarded on July 1, 2012, to my novel "BRETT ALWAYS WINS" as recognition of its being a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review's contest for Best Indie Book of 2012 (mysteries/thrillers category).

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