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Henry Wood Detective Agency Paperback – July 20, 2011
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by Brian Meeks and encourage you to try it. His writing style was flawless. My only criticism, and it is a personal one, is that I hate when there are unanswered questions at the end of the book as there were in this one. I love sequels, but I don't like feeling like I have to buy more books in order to discover the answers.
Don’t get me wrong, if you forget about the closet and the non-story related clues, this is an old-fashioned detective story. Think Philip Marlow or any fifties mob and detective movie kind of story, but instead of doing old-fashioned detective work, he gets clues, which aren’t really clues at all, from a closet.
Like I said if not for that, it would be a decent read. The characters are well set, dialogue works like a charm. I could imagine them having their discussions and see the scenes. Nothing wrong there, but that silly closet that doesn’t really have a purpose as I suspected from the start.
Lots of interesting characters and a simple mystery with a predictable ending is a good epitaph for this book. Would make a good TV mystery series; maybe.
Like his other book there is one line that stands out as the highlight and only remembered line, “She sat down and crossed her legs. Boy could she cross a leg.”
I gave the book a three star review and recommend it for a read while waiting for your plan, bus, or train. I probably will not read any more from this series
Of course there are good points. The magic closet is a clever hook and I can see where this opens up a lot of literary possibilities. Ditto for the items that appear from the future. This is not a barn burner but good enough to keep reading and hope for a more complete and complex sequel.