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Too Hard to Handle (Mara Cunningham Series Book 2) by [Perich, John]
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Praise for the Mara Cunningham series: 

"Strong, flawed, independent female lead [...] ? Check. Political intrigue and conspiracy? Check. Cast of characters that get just enough page time to whet your appetite for future stories? Checkmate. Somebody option this quick." - Jeremy Lott, Splice Today

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  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NDYT7A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Perich's crime novels about Boston photographer Mara Cunningham are great to read. He fills his Boston with crooks from both sides of the law, and gives neither his heroine nor his readers too much time to breathe. Mara is a capable investigator who never feels superhuman, and every story she gets involved in feels personal. Read this book, read the one before it, and read the one after it.
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Wow!I certainly enjoyed the first in the series-it was good for a debut novel from a new author, but this second in the series was great. I have to confess that I spent a few years in Boston, and this book series is making me miss it terribly (the description of the curvy Jamaicaway really took me back to my commute from the western suburbs!) But that was what this book was all about - attention to detail. That is what separates the professional from the amateurs.

The character development was fantastic, and where the protagonist sometimes felt flat in the first novel, that problem was corrected here. The depth and detail provided by the flashback scenes was perfect (what child of the 8os doesn't have a soft spot for the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine?) to develop the main character, her motivations and relationships.

I have only one criticism and that is that if you are writing a series, not every loose end has to be neatly wrapped up by the end of the current book (the treatment of the boyfriend situation at the end felt like an afterthought and wasn't really necessary - it could be explained away or incorporated at the beginning of the next book).
I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series!
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I enjoyed the first Mara Cunningham book, but this second entry in the series was even better. Each page was gripping and the flashbacks were a great way to give backstory. The character development felt more nuanced than the first novel and the mystery easier to follow.

I'd read Too Close Too Miss first, but don't stop there.
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i didnt enjoy this book as much as i did the first and pretty much had the plot worked out from the start. i still read it to the end but found the characters slowness to understand what was going on annoying at times. hope the next in the series is better.
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I enjoyed "Too Close to Miss." It is unusual for this kind of thriller/mystery drama to be my top choice, but it was a good read featuring a brilliant lead character. The second in the series, "Too Hard to Handle", gives us more insight into who Mara Cunningham is, where she came from, and how she became the tough-as-nails modern heroine we know and love.

The writing is tight, and the book is hard to put down. Actually, if I have one complaint about this book, it's that I wanted it to last longer.

Every gritty moment, every hard-earned victory, every punch-in-the-gut memory of childhood pain, I was with Mara to the last. The scenes were all well described but the style was fast-paced. Reading this was like watching the movie play out in my head. In fact, if this doesn't get made into a movie I will be very surprised.

Mara Cunningham is smart and real. But the real heroine of the book is the city of Boston herself. Ok, yes, I live in Boston, so saying I felt like I was really there is superfluous. I WAS really there. But the research on the city is impeccable. This is not the Boston of stereotypes and bad movies. The city was a living, breathing part of Mara's story and Mara's life. And I can't wait to see what Mara, and Boston, do in the next book!
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Fan-freaking-tastic. This book excels in weaving a complicated yet compelling crime plot while also packing an emotional punch with well drawn-out characters. The attention to detail and local color is great, too. You don't have to be familiar with Boston to enjoy it, but it does help.
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I liked the characterizations and the way the author folded in the back story. Lots of action -- and credible. I'm looking forward to reading another by this author.
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Let's get the scary stuff out of the way right quick: Yes, TOO HARD TO HANDLE is a self-published e-book. No, it is not the work of an amateur. It's not full of typos and solecisms. It does not read like someone's first draft. It is professionally edited. It's laid out with more care than all too many Kindle editions of books from major print publishers. When you buy this and start reading it, you won't feel like a victim of today's low barriers to publication.

If those were the *best* things to be said about TOO HARD TO HANDLE, it wouldn't be much of a recommendation. Happily, there's a lot more. I liked Mara Cunningham a lot as a protagonist in the author's first book, TOO CLOSE TO MISS, and I like her even more here. She's a great character to spend time with - your responsible, passionate, funny grownup friend who hungers and thirsts for justice, if your friend were just a bit more of a badass. Last time around, she had to figure out who murdered her down-low boyfriend and his family. This time, her long lost brother appears to have shot a policeman, and she has to figure out what really happened and find her brother before the cops do.

I loved the flashback scenes from Mara and her brother's childhood. They rang true. The scenes in the present feature returning characters from TOO CLOSE TO MISS - including Mara's co-workers at her newspaper and her allies/sparring partners among the police - and an engrossing array of suspects and foils. Perich manages to give his secondary characters clear profiles without making them cutesy eccentrics. The story itself has momentum, and I cared very much how Mara resolved her brother's predicament, and her own predicament: which is to say, her brother.
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