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Henry Wood Detective Agency [Kindle Edition]

Brian Meeks
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book one in the Henry Wood Detective series.

Jan 1, 1955
Henry Wood is suffering greatly from a festive night of saying goodbye to 1954. His world is one of black and white, right and wrong, but his life is about to change and there will forever be shades of grey. An average detective, with a passion for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Henry is about to be hired by a beautiful woman, to find her father and his journal. It seems simple enough, but when a second woman appears, wanting his services, to find the same journal, he suspects he might be in over his head. He’s right. They are the least of his problems. The local mafia boss, Tommy ‘The Knife’, wants the journal too. As long as it is missing, he is vulnerable, and the other bosses smell blood in the water.
Who can Henry trust? Henry has a mysterious benefactor that he has never met, but seems to have his best interest at heart. Will Henry take the help that is offered? Does he have a choice?


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  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ED65AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS Black-And-White Mystery! February 15, 2012
By Molly
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Brian Meeks is a wonderful author! He took a fabulous cast of characters and spiced them up with a twisty plot line, throwing the reader a life line to a wonderful mystery book! Each page brought something new and kept me hooked until the last one. I really enjoyed getting to know Henry Wood!

Being a child of the 80s I know absolutely nothing about the life of the 50s save for what I've seen on TV or heard from my folks. But, upon reading Mr. Meeks' book, I was instantly transported to another time and place, and as I read this book, I feel in love with the entirety of the 50s, the mystery, the black-and-whiteness of it all. Reading this was like watching the old black and whites on the TV and being swept to the center of the crimes.

Filled with mobsters, beautiful women and a crime that only Henry Wood can solve, this story was a fantabulous roller coaster ride! When Henry met Luna, the mystery began. Luna's father has gone missing, and she knows that something's not right. She enlists Henry in the suspense when she turns to him to find her father. But, little do they know, that that's just the beginning of a long line of mysterious events that will lead Henry on a chase to find the missing man! Enter Sylvia, a mysterious woman, who leaves Henry quite on edge as he feels that something is off.

Combined all those things and so much more, and Mr. Meeks throws you a fun loving, witty new book about a wood-loving detective. This is a 5 Book worthy start to what I hope will be a series of awesomeness and adventure as we follow Henry Wood in all his glory in searching for answers to crimes. Grab a copy and see for yourself that this is one book that will have you hooked instantly and wishing for more!

This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Mystery with a Twist November 29, 2010
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I took a chance with this short book and was not disappointed. I found interesting and likable characters, especially Henry Wood who is smart, insightful, yet vulnerable. Meeks has an enjoyable writing style that creates an intriguing story with mystery, danger, and a fascinating twist that keeps you guessing. It was a fun read and I hope to see more Henry Wood stories soon.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upgraded to 4 stars April 1, 2012
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Mark's Review

One aspect that clearly stood out from the very first page was the time setting. There were several obvious (and probably a few not so obvious) references to the 1950s, although I didn't feel as immersed in the decade as I could have been. Time plays a very important role in this novel, taking on an almost supernatural nature. However, it seemed like an afterthought the first few times it was referenced, though it made me curious enough to keep reading.

The novel's main downfall in my opinion is the lack of professional polish. It read like an unedited first or second draft, though according to Mr. Meeks an editor was hired, which demonstrates the need for extreme caution when a self-published or Indie author employs a freelance editor. There were two technical flaws noteworthy enough to mention. 1. Consistent misuse of commas and 2. Frequent shifting from past tense to present tense for no apparent reason, lacking any sense of a pattern.

Usually I don't fuss too much about showing vs. telling; as long as I'm enjoying the story, any seeming lack of balance is either not recognized or ignored. With this book although I enjoyed several aspects of the story, I found the amount of telling too imbalanced to ignore. Because of this as well as some clunky dialogue, none of the characters seemed especially real to me. Even Henry, the main character, didn't stand out from the rest of a fairly large cast of characters.

I recommend this book only because there is a previous gem buried underneath a rough exterior. After getting to know the writer via Twitter and a phone conversation, I feel he has a lot to offer the writing community. I got a sneak peek at the second book in the series, and I am pleased to say that the quality of writing is much better.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story October 23, 2013
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The author combines the readily believable with just a little fantasy - time travel. He created likable characters and a fun, fast paced story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more... September 9, 2013
By Yxes
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...of Henry Wood, Private Detective. The story was quite compelling, and intriguing, and fun to read. I felt like I was reading an old-fashioned detective story, and half expected to experience the feel & smell of a dark & dingy office of a super sleuth. I can't wait to read the next installments of Henry Wood's adventures.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard boiled science fiction mystery October 21, 2013
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You got your tough guy private eye, damsels in distress, thugs, mafia, cops, a food critic, a corrupt DA, and a pretty good plot -- but then comes the accountant, an inventor, the butler who didn't do it, a good cop, and a closet that holds a bigger mystery than the plot. I enjoyed it...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First in a series of spellbinding works. October 16, 2013
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The eerie twists in a plot of fascinating people and places are stunning. Reminds me of old pulp detective novels. Has a very modern feel at the same time reminding you of a time long past. Very great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this book December 23, 2013
By Flippy
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Wasn't sure after reading some of the reviews. But I found it fun and interesting and I am looking forward to learning more about the closet and how it helps Henry solve more crimes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars detective stories
Drawn right into the story from the first page. My curiosity about the plot was instant and I couldn't wait to read more each time I picked it up.
Published 2 hours ago by Julia Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line
Once you get into the book you have to read till the end. Very hard to put down and the story line was very creative.
Published 1 day ago by Tich
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
I really did enjoy this book. The the time period was different than I normally read and was a fun change. Read more
Published 2 days ago by C. Adie
4.0 out of 5 stars puzzle mystery
This is anew author for me but I warmed up to Henry Wood right away. This has a bit of fantasy, clever clues and interesting characters. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Stephanie J. Staker
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 50's
This is a private detective story told in the Mickey Spillane "Mike Hammer" style. It's a return to the days of no computers or cell phones and the Brooklyn Dodgers were... Read more
Published 7 days ago by seadream
4.0 out of 5 stars I could see the Wood through the trees
Made a pleasant change, a little quirky and would be better if he got rid of all reference to the 'time capsule' cabinet, it is a silly artifice that detracts from the story rather... Read more
Published 12 days ago by john lunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a step back in time.
This was my first Brian Meeks book and it was completely enjoyable. A step back into the '50s noir-style of detective story, Henry Wood was exactly what you expect from a private... Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Mitnick
4.0 out of 5 stars A 50's Detective Story
A good read. Like able characters and an interesting story line. Good enough to make me curious about what's next for Henry Wood and want to continue the series.
Published 16 days ago by M. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing hero!
Henry Wood is not a former SEAL, he can't shoot someone's eye out from 300 yards away, can't immobilize a bad guy with one pinch of a nerve, and he has no friends who can hack into... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Toni Mack
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT CLOSET?
When I discovered that this story took place in 1955, I was tempted to stop reading but I kept going and it paid off. Read more
Published 21 days ago by P. M. Duckett
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I am driven by the power of words to move thoughts and hearts. I like how some words, which don't belong together, when mixed, produce a delightful result. That is why I chose the moniker Extremely Average. A clever passage in a book makes me stop, reflect, and then I want to write.

It is later in life that I've discovered the joy of word smithing. I've been writing since Jan 2, 2010. It was my first blog piece and I've used the blog to complete 5 novels in the Henry Wood Detective series. I've also written the bulk of my new book, Two Decades and Counting, during the first three weeks in January.

In addition, I'll be releasing a thriller, "Touched", and a satire, "Underwood Scotch and Wry", plus the first in the "Secret Doors" series, called "The Challenge".


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