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

Brian Meeks
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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
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  • Lending: Enabled
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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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33 of 36 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 50's April 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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 still in town and men got distracted by "babes." Nothing new here with a predictable plot and some "cookie cut" characters, but it's still a fun read. This is my first venture into the series and while I'm not exactly hooked on "Henry," I might just try another one since it's fun to get transported back to this era. For a better and more realistic "PI" read taking place in the 50's and 60's try Ed Gorman's Sam McCain series beginning with "The Day the Music Died." Gorman writes a great western, too, if you're into that genre.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Brian Meeks Henry Wood series
Henry seems like an unassuming kind of guy, but there's more going on in Henry than appears. I like Henry and his assortment of regulars. The time traveller closet is intriguing. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashion detective story with a twist!
Henry Wood Detective Agency is the first book in the Henry Wood Detective Series. This book has all the traditional detective components and also has an interesting twist (which I... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Guylou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like the Henry Wood Det. Agency books.
Published 9 days ago by Pat Hays
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me guessing. was very entertaining. would enjoy reading more of...
Very good book. Kept me guessing. Would enjoy reading more of his work. Would recommend to all mystery lovers. A+
Published 13 days ago by unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed a great deal
I so enjoyed this book and had a hard time ever having to put it down. I look forward to reading more about Henry Wood.
Published 15 days ago by Muffles
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better. This one is set in the 50's and ...
I've read better. This one is set in the 50's and often seems a bit dated.
Published 16 days ago by John F. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
I enjoyed the book. although I did find some mistakes. You should ask some one to read these ahead. I'm available.
Published 16 days ago by barbara russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry Wood Detective Agency
Private detective and amateur woodworker Henry Wood helps two women solve the disappearance of their fathers, with the help of his closet to the future.
Published 17 days ago by Carol Wahl
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book!
It kept me reading all day. Couldn't put it down. Interesting characters and I like the 1950s noir type detective. I look forward to book 2.
Published 24 days ago by platinum1937
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a bad premiss, but hard to follow sometimes. Would recomend
Published 1 month ago by W. Michielutti
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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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