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Henry Wood Detective Agency (Henry Wood Detective series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Meeks
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book one in the noir fiction 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?

If you enjoy mystery crime novels, then Henry Wood Detective Agency is for you.


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  • File Size: 1291 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 51 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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upgraded to 4 stars April 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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32 of 35 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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12 of 13 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Henry Wood Detective Agency April 19, 2014
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A nice mystery with a twist.....a closet where items arrive from the future. I enjoyed this book written
by Brian Meeks and encourage you to try it. His writing style was flawless. My only criticism, and it is a personal one, is that I hate when there are unanswered questions at the end of the book as there were in this one. I love sequels, but I don't like feeling like I have to buy more books in order to discover the answers.
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13 of 15 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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13 of 15 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly fresh mystery!
This book was a lot of fun! You might expect a story about a New York City detective in the 1950s to be a bit formulaic, but this one has its own character - even to the point of... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Carroll Thronesbery
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better the second time.
I read this book several months ago and after reading it again I was just as happy as I was the first time. It is a well written book with a huge dose of mystery. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A very different approach with the idea of time travel ...
A very different approach with the idea of time travel.
Published 2 days ago by Shirley Pitch
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange but entertaining book. Interesting characters but a ...
A strange but entertaining book. Interesting characters but a strange closet essential to the plot never really is explained. Read more
Published 5 days ago by The Orthodox Jew
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging mystery
This is a great mystery set before the present time .Keep in mind that it is not a modern day mystery. The characters are well developed . Read more
Published 6 days ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and gives a good picture of NYC in ...
Great read and gives a good picture of NYC in the mid 1950s. The only thing out of place is this closet which brings him things from the near future.
Published 9 days ago by William Divale, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Detective Story
This is a delightful detective story set in the era of the 1950s. It is a good story with a little fantasy thrown in.
Published 10 days ago by Lucy Middleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Time traveling carpentry tools in a magic closet???
Strange. Think of a great noir mystery, but then there is a magical closet that brings him woodworking tools from the future. ??? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michelle I. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Clues...
Nice fireside read!! This whole story is based on clues, and the cleverness of our hero, Detective Wood. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Lovin' Retirement
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 13 days ago by Harvey
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More About the Author

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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