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The Fat Detective: a fresh, funny and addictive amateur sleuth series (The Eugene Blake Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : December 18, 2018
- File size : 5068 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 216 pages
- ASIN : B07M5B72HW
- Language: : English
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,241 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So with no experience whatsoever, he posts an ad as a Private Detective (no job too small) and almost immediately is contacted to help solve the mystery as to what has happened to a missing husband. His first client employs Eugene to find him and, as it turns out, this is no simple matter. A body does indeed turn up, but not before Eugene himself is targeted as having something to do with the disappearance, he’s accused, threatened, beaten up, even kidnapped, and then there’s the missing money. And who is the real victim here anyway?
If Eugene thought his life was dull before, he has now completely gone to the other end of the spectrum with his first case amid a series of events that are not what they seem, and he lands himself in trouble; the like of which he’s never encountered. He hasn’t a clue what he’s let himself in for, and he’s never quite sure what’s around the next corner, but he’s determined, despite the fearful obstacles, to see it through to the end … and hopefully in one piece.
I obtained this just last week, I’ve found it the proverbial page turner – I simply couldn’t put it down – it was an amusing yarn set in a City-of-London backdrop, and I’m avidly awaiting the next instalment. Thank you, Christian Hayes, for introducing me to a most unlikely hero.
Im not going to repeat the blurb but this is not at all as I expected by the title.
The thing is it sort of makes you keep reading to see what happens to Eugene, the want to be private detective.
Yes there are mistakes in the book but does it really matter that much ? It's well written in it's own way.
Read in one sitting, thank goodness I am retired. Fortunately I have had a kindle unlimited offer so read number 2 last night.
Just read it as it is. It's not a serious crime thriller but light hearted with a bit of humour. I know I'll read number 3 and maybe that's enough.
Get a cup of tea and chill.
Here then we meet Eugene Blake who decides to become a private detective, mainly because he is bored and has read pulp novels when he was younger. We can easily discern where the case is going, and we can work out the exact nature of what is happening long before the end of this. This has things that should have been left out, and a tightening of the plot, and more realism added, which would have actually made this a good read. Instead we have here something which is really rather lacklustre and not that well thought out.
I personally love well written hardboiled tales, and unfortunately this is not one of them. In all then a good idea let down by a poor execution.
I really wanted to like this Walter Mittyesque character but I just didn't warm to him. Yes, there were a few funny episodes in the story caused by his bumbling incompetence, but there were so many references to his love of food that after a while this joke wore thin. The same can be said about the number of comments he got regarding his raincoat.
The plot is a little confusing but it held my interest even though it is totally unbelievable in places (e.g. his 'beginner's' luck at the poker table).
So overall, a mildly amusing introductory (and stand alone) story but probably not one for lovers of gritty,menacing, action-packed, atmospheric crime thrillers.