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- Print Length: 85 pages
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- Publisher: ravZen Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PJGZPYG
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Creepy Cranberry Christmas (A Sasha and Sebastian Mulberry Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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Creepy Cranberry Christmas, A Sasha and Sebastian Mulberry Mystery
by Robin G. Austin
First, I have to say that this was a very short novel, really more of a novella or even a long short story. It begins at location 29 and the story itself ends at location 903 on my Kindle. Very short. I finished it in (assumption here) under 3 hours of reading. I spent about 1/2 hour with it the first night I started it, about 40 minutes at the Laundromat, and then about an hour and a half finishing it up last night. So, if you're looking for a quick read, this might suit.
However, as you can see from my rating, I am not a fan of this book. And that's a shame. I'm always on the lookout for new 'cat' mystery series, and I follow quite a few faithfully. And I loved the cat character, Sebastian. So sarcastic and above it all -- exactly as one would expect an anthropomorphized cat to be! Unfortunately that's about the only thing I liked about the book and the only reason the book got a 2 star rating instead of a 1.
Here are some things I didn't like:
1) Proofing and editing errors -- Although all that I notice occurred in the first third of the book, they were certainly there and certainly noticeable. A location 147 on my Kindle you find ...but drawing not singing was her talent. No commas. Maybe not technically wrong, but the inclusion of a comma after drawing and after singing would have made the entire sentence read more clearly.
And at 268 is this: I breathed a sigh of relieve knowing we would be on our way... Really? A sigh of relieve? And it continues. At about 301 the character wonders "...how much of a concident was it..." and at 320 "...as cadium isn't just a garish shade a red, but ..." At that point I almost quit reading and put the book on my threw-it-at-the-wall shelf. But, in the author's defense, I didn't notice any more glaring editing errors after that spot.
2) Characterizations -- I think this is just the second book in the series (there are three titles listed on Amazon, and two are designated as Book 1 in the Sasha and Sebastian Mulberry mysteries. However, the descriptions seem different and one descriptions calls the book a novella, so I'm assuming it was what sometimes gets called a .5 in the series. I digress. Except for Sebastian, the talking cat, none of the other characterizations seem fully fleshed out. Sasha seems nice, but vapid and more concerned with her hormones than with the fact that she cannot leave a small resort area where three unsolved murders have occurred. Her escort/boyfriend/vet runs from here to there without much direction, but does seem to like to feel officious. Actually, the only ones who really seem concerned with the mystery are the Sheriff and his deputies and Sebastian -- and other than Sebastian, none of them have big parts in the storyline. So, the only character the reader can care about is the cat.
3)Hard To Swallow That Stuff -- This takes place in a town that has been cut off from the west by an avalanche. Snow. Winter. Cold. Now, one of the bodies that Sebastian finds has been dead about one day, maybe less, and is lying outside, frozen, in a forest. He is drawn to the smell of the dead body and I can buy that as casts have keener senses of smell than do humans. However, when discussing his find with his human, Sasha, she notes that he was of course upset as the smell was so bad. Ah, if the body was frozen I doubt there was enough decay that a human who never got too close to the body would be able to smell it.
And, this is a talking cat, who only talks to Sasha and to the ghost that haunts the house they live in. Yet he speaks, and not always quietly, to Sasha in crowded markets, meeting halls, etc. and no one ever notices?
Nope, nope, and nope.
4) SPOILER ALERT: The writing style is simplistic, as though written for the Middle School reading level. While there was certainly a good mystery here, with creative murder scenarios, there is never any real danger to the two main characters. Oh, yes, Sebastian is catnapped by someone who wants to sell him to some rich tourists who like his breed and Sasha faints and hits her head on a rock -- but neither are ever in any real danger. The reveal wasn't predictable, but not in a good way -- the two guilty parties simply show up on a hilltop with two other town residents and confess it all while the cat hides behind a tree and the Sheriff is hidden behind yet another tree. Whoop.
5) In most cat mysteries, even when the cat(s) aren't talking cats and even if the clues they seem to provide aren't earth-shattering, SOMEONE pays attention to them and those clues are an integral part of the solving of the mystery. Not so in this case, where, besides the finding of the first two bodies, Sasha either didn't reveal any clues Sebastian gave her to anyone or the Sheriff already knew about them prior to Sasha getting around to passing the clue along.
As you can tell, I was very disappointed in this book. I'm sure others might like it just as much as I hated it, and that's fine. For me, it was a waste of 3 hours of my life.
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Would like to have another longer mystery. I did enjoy