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- Print Length: 212 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ED65AM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Henry Wood Detective Agency (Henry Wood Detective series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in Henry Wood Detective series (4 Book Series)
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More About the Author
He discovered a knack for weaving tales quite by accident on Jan 2, 2010, and has been writing every day since. Becoming a novelist has changed his life.
As of September, 2015, Brian has written and published eleven novels and one non-fiction title.
His first novels were the books in the Henry Wood Detective series. After that, he wrote a thriller called A Touch to Die For and a YA titled Secret Doors: The Challenge. During this time he also maintained the blog that started it all, ExtremelyAverage.com.
One reader of the blog asked why he hadn't written anything more snarky, since there were often piles of snark in his blagh posts. Brian didn't have a good answer and so Arthur Byrne was born.
Arthur Byrne started out as the protagonist in Brian's first satire, Underwood, Scotch, and Wry. He became a pen name with the release of Killing Hemingway and later wrote the first trilogy in a new science fiction series, The Magellan Apocalypse. Arthur also writes a lot of the snarky newsletters because Brian just can't be bothered with such things.
Brian lives in a small town in Iowa, plays tennis and golf, and loves gathering data about his books. He's a data junkie. He is also a huge fan of guinea pigs.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brian did it. He kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Every time I thought I knew what was going on there was new twist to the plot. What a mind this author has.Published 2 days ago by TRAINPATCH
The story telling of all four novels, in this series, is good. There are things that I don't like: all his female characters giggle. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Andrea
Enjoyed this book, It did not drag and had a few surprises, that made you want to read more about the character.Published 26 days ago by Meredith Harrington
A perfect gumshoe detective novel. This type of tough guy private eye story seems to have gone away over the past few years. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kelly Sheedy
Very interesting concept, using a closet to make things happen. Will read all the other books Meeks has written and hope the fifth Will be ready by then.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer