- Series: Jasper, Street Fighter & Me (Book 1)
- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151773682X
- ISBN-13: 978-1517736828
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,711,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Candie Is Not Always Sweet (Jasper, Street Fighter & Me) (Volume 1)
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The novel is short and can be read in one sitting. For me it was too short. Maggie has the potential of becoming the female Jack Reacher, but I would like to see more of her character as the series progresses. Her time overseas is one area that can be expanded as well as her penchant for dangerous missions. We feel that she is tough from some of the actions she takes, but there are not enough of those situations. Perhaps a look into past missions with Jasper might be just the right spark that catapults her to greatness. And give Lee Child a run for his money.
The book introduces an unusual detective agency made up of a female ex-marine, her combat dog and a streetwise alley cat. When they take on a new client who claims she is being followed all is not as it seems.
Engaging characters, a fast paced story line and concise clear writing made the book a pleasure to read and I'll look out for later books in the series to see how the characters are developed and what they get up to.
I didn't like the extended introduction to the book and didn't feel it was necessary. Especially as from chapter one onwards I really enjoyed the read. I do prefer full length novels but the story kept me fully entertained on a rainy afternoon.
If you enjoy private investigator mysteries and prefer shorter reads then I'd highly recommend Candie Is Not Always Sweet.
The plot is fast paced and interesting. The story is too short to adequately develop the characters. As a result there is little to distinguish between the four main ones: all female, all accomplished operatives (some good guys, some bad guys), all physically fit, and most (if not all) with the same sexual preference. They seemed almost interchangeable. The canine and feline characters were much more interesting.
This series has great potential, because the detective agency team is so engaging. It’s an unbeatable combination: an ex-marine and a working dog that cannot only follow a wide-range of commands, but can also anticipate them? Throw in a self-taught, alpha male alley cat and you are in for quite a ride.
A fairly short story of the thriller variety, things move along at a pleasingly quick pace from the very beginning. There are a few twists and turns along the way, although overall the storyline is pretty straightforward.
For me the book fell a bit short in two areas. I would have liked more character development, especially of the main supporting cast, about each of whom we are fed a little information but don't really get to know what makes them tick. The other area was the dialogue which sometimes came across to me as a bit forced and mechanical.
I guess if you are a thriller reader who also like dogs and cats then this will be the purrrr-fect read!