- File Size: 543 KB
- Print Length: 205 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0059IWOVG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Darker By Degree (Maddie Pryce Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I would give this book four stars for the sheer promise and skill the author shows, but although the elements are there, they don't quite fit together yet. The authors don't quite make the case, for me, for why Maddie does some of the dangerous things she does. The ending seems too drawn out, the relationship between Maddie and her new boyfriend, the police detective on the case, doesn't seem to have the edges it should have when two people are at odds over murder.
Grafton's A is for Alibi and Muller's Edwin of the Iron Shoes have the same kinds of problems and those two are among my favorite mystery writers. Don't let the 3 stars I'm giving this book keep you from reading it. It's exciting to see a new mystery series start out with this much promise. I'll read the next Maddie Pryce book, too, and look forward to what the authors are doing with the character five or six books from now.
If it sounds like Maddie is more fun the more trouble she gets into, she is! And she's pretty fun to start with.
One night after a triple bill of 30's and 40's classic horror, she finds one of her coworkers murdered. Another coworker makes himself scarce when the cops try to interview him about the homicide. One detective in particular, Kyle Oberman, takes a more than casual interest in Maddie, as it seems that she has managed to become the object of a stalker who is looking for a missing porn actress and thinks Maddie might know something about the missing woman.
With a dose of action, some good dialogue and Maddie's entertaining views on Hollywood, this mystery is well worth reading. I read it on my iphone and didn't notice any major formatting problems. In fact I would not have been surprised to pull this one off a library shelf in hard cover.
I thought this had a nice ring of authenticity. The plot was interesting, and the romance portion handled with a light hand, and I figured out whodunit just about the time Maddie did. Plus, Maddie’s roommates, a deaf cat, and a dog added a nice entertaining dimension to the plot. The conclusion was satisfying, and I liked that the loose ends were wrapped up at the finish and the ending was natural, not abrupt.
Checking online, it looks like there were only two books in this series. That’s kind of a bummer, because I could see this having potential for several books. I haven’t read book 2 yet, but I will.
I found the plot a bit confused. It started with one body, that became two. By the time the third body was discovered I had forgotten who she was (assuming she was mentioned earlier). Having said that, once we passed about the half-way mark, it started to make more sense.
Formatting (of quotation marks) was poor, and the number of silly typos suggested the absence of a professional editor.
I would read another Maddie Pryce book. They will certainly get better.
Maddie is a struggling actress working in a relic of a movie theatre hoping for her break into big time movie roles. She takes on the role of amateur sleuth easily when her boss and owner of the theatre is murdered. I really had a love/hate relationship with Maddie. Especially when she was engaged in conversation with Kyle, the cop who was investigating and her potential love interest. She just seemed a little too self-involved. At times, I felt like the interest was all on Kyle's side and she was just putting up with his company, having nothing better to do.
During the whole murder mystery thing there was a lot going on about the Hollywood scene and making it in acting. This just really slowed the mystery down tremendously in the middle of the book. I was glad I eventually picked it back up though because the last quarter of the book was really good.
I like the beginning and the end, so three stars for the dragging middle. The author is a really good writer, just wish she would pick up the pace and work on the relationship dynamics, so I would give this author another shot. Thanks!