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Forevermore (Pat O'Malley Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 25, 2013
"I adore Edgar Allan Poe and when I started "Forevermore" by Jim Musgrave I thought, "Oh no...another book about how bad Poe was." Was I in for a marvelous shock!" -- Carol Piner "Kindle Book Reviews"
"Most historians uphold that literary legend Edgar Forevermore has a great narrator and protagonist in the form of Pat O'Malley. O'Malley is a truly developed and surprisingly complex character. He is likeable, and not a generic womanizer." -- Michael Albani "Portland Book Review"
About the Author
Jim Musgrave’s work has been recently featured in Best New Writing 2011, Hopewell Press, Titusville, N.J. He was a semi-finalist the Black Lawrence Press 2012 Chapbook Awards. He was also in a Bram Stoker Award Finalist volume of horror fiction, Beneath the Surface, 13 Shocking Tales of Terror, Shroud Publishing, San Francisco, CA. He is owner of English Majors Reviewers and Editors, LLC. He teaches college English composition in San Diego.
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There are other characters in this novel which will pull at your heart strings as well and some that are just pure evil. One of the evil ones is a man named John Anderson who lives in, are you ready,... Sleepy Hollow. Yes the same Sleepy Hollow made famous by Washington Irving in his well known story "The Headless Horseman." In fact, one of the things I loved about this book is the way Musgrave sprinkles literary references throughout.
One of the characters I most adore is Becky Charming, a beautiful madam, who is in love with O'Malley. Unfortunately, O'Malley has problems with intimacy so the tension builds. O'Malley is obviously quite smitten with Charming, not just for her good looks but her amazing intelligent as well, but finds himself at a loss as to how to close the deal so to speak. However, they make a fantastic duo in search of the bad guys and I found Charming to be an excellent addition to the novel.
Finally there is McKenzie, head of a ruthless gang known as the Plug Uglies. McKenzie is not a man to be trifled with but he takes a liking to O'Malley and in the end becomes a somewhat reluctant hero of the story. To say the least about McKenzie he is a complicated man.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read and I look forward to book two in the series. If you like detective novels littered with literary references; beautiful women chasing after the protagonist; and a fearless hero, then you will love this novel.
Patrick O'Malley, our protagonist, is a Poe fan. Unsettled by the unexplained circumstances, he begins his own investigation. The narrative is crisp and the story well-paced as O'Malley meets the famous and infamous of the period in his quest for the truth. The historical details are rich and Musgrave brings the period to life. The streets of 1800s America are vivid and lively by day, but Musgrave introduces us to the dark shadows of the era that lurked in the darkness.
For Poe fans, this is a fun read. It's an interesting take on one of history's great mysteries. For fans of historical fiction, you too will be pleased. Murder mystery fans will want to check this out as well. A well-rounded tale indeed!
Jim Musgrave is a talented author and kept me hooked in his story for hours. I definitely look forward to reading more of his work in the future and can't wait to read the next installment in the Pat O'Malley story line.
Like other reviewers commented, Patrick's "loathing" of women was a distraction and did nothing to further the plot of the story. As well as the way he would put things together.
I have downloaded other titles in the series. I hope that the character and the writing grow as the stories continue.