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Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Julie O'Hara is a complex, vibrant protagonist whose particular skill (she is a body language expert) is invaluable in helping her `read' her suspects. But it is when the reader learns about her tragic past that Julie really starts to jump off the page.
One of the book's main strengths is that even the supplementary characters feel fully fleshed out - they are dynamic and interesting - which makes it more than just a murder mystery as you are deeply involved with the various family members and friends (from the deceased's relatives to Mafia members).
The author's greatest success is in putting together such a complex plot while retaining the page-turning narrative that keeps the reader hooked. Sometimes when an author adds extra elements to a plot it can detract from the storytelling, but when Castle Cay sees the introduction of the upper echelons of law enforcement, this only serves to deepen the reader's interest in this addictive novel.
This book is well worth reading - I will certainly be looking out for all future Julie O'Hara stories.
This is my 2nd 5 star review for Lee Hanson's Castle Cay and Swan Song. Lee Hanson ranks right up there with the best female mystery writers of our time.
I love Lee Hanson's choice of having a unique main character, Julie O'Hara who is a body language expert and is also a down-to-earth person you'd want for a friend. Julie never gives up on finding who is telling the truth or not by watching for clues that she gets from their body language. She is so casually cool, calm and very relaxed when she asks people simple questions and watch's their movements for clues.
Lee's stories grab me from the beginning and keeps my full attention through out her stories and does not add any gory scenes or bloody scenes or over the top sexual scenes or violence. My type of mystery for sure.
A great read with believable characters and believable stories.
I can hardly wait to see what Lee Hanson plans to do with her fascinating characters in her next book.
I highly recommend Swan Song and Castle Cay
This book was one of my favorite surprises. I'd never heard of the author or the book, but I fell prey to the cover image and a few -a very few -- reader comments. To my delight, it had everything I like in a book like this: strong, believable, likable characters, an interesting setting -- loved the Florida locale, and the island sounded heavenly. Add in a reasonable plot -- not too far out, not too mundane -- and good writing, something which I suppose is pretty subjective -- and I've got a book I like. As it happened, this book grabbed me from the first page, and I found myself looking forward to getting back to it after every break.
I suppose the "free book" is a marketing strategy -- the idea being that readers will read that one, and then buy the others. If that's the case, it worked! I'm ordering the next two books in the Julie O'Hara series right now. These are keepers!
Though the characters had promise, too, they were not developed quite enough. I'd like to have read more about Julie's skill with body language. Hanson merely told us about it mostly. My feelings were the same about most of the characters, Joe especially. It seemed they all had lots of cash to be running all over the place, but I didn't get the feel their businesses or careers were well-established.
There were some typographical errors, but those could be overlooked. Hopefully the author will work on fleshing out the characters and the story.
All that to say I still enjoyed the quick read.
The beginning of the book flips back and forth from present to past. I dislike books that do that, but at least this didn't continue throughout the book. I felt like the author tried to put a lot of 'must have themes' into the book without really developing any of them (a gay couple, a crime mob family, a dysfunctional family, drug trafficking, sexual deviance, infidelity).
As I said this was a quick read so maybe if you're looking for a light diversion, this book would be okay to read. I honestly don't know if I'd read another book from this author or not.
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