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The Instrumental Rabbi (A Professor McCauley Mystery Book 1) by [Abruzzese, R.D.]
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  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RVKL2U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this new author but I was very pleased with the book. It grabs onto you from the first few pages and then tightens its grip as you race through the pages.

The chapter about the conflict in Easton at the reservoir is so detailed and well written that you find yourself gasping for breath.

Professor McCarthy is a great character and I'm looking forward to reading about him and Ms. Smith in the follow-on series. He makes a Northeastern alumni like me proud!
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The Instrumental Rabbi is a spellbinding novel with tons of action and heart pounding suspense. I found the character of Dr. Chandler so creepy that I had trouble sleeping at night.

I used to live in the area and loved the scenes around Boston, Worcester and Cambridge, which were very detailed and accurate. (I even know where McCarthy lives!)

It's an excellent read and well worth the purchase price.
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The Instrumental Rabbi is a wonderfully written book that once I picked it up I wasn't able to put it back down till I finished it. All of the characters are fully developed so by the time you hit the third chapter you will feel like you've known them all of your life which just helps to draw you into the story.

If you are looking for a mystery book that will keep you guessing until the very end I would strongly recommend you pick up this book. Trust me you will thank me when you're done.
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This was a excellent mystery story with a super creepy bad guy. I just couldn't put it down! I think that Dr. Chandler was written as creepy as Hannibal Lechter from Silence of the Lambs. Just thinking about him as I write this makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! The author is a very good writer who really develops his characters and is great at really creating a setting that you can visualize. I really liked the banter between Jenny and Professor McCarty and I am looking to see what happens in the next book in the series with them. If you are looking for a well written mystery with strong writing and well developed characters (good guys AND bad guys), look no further.
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By Marlene on January 24, 2013
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A friend recommended this one for our weekly book club. I love a fast paced mystery/thriller! The author does a great job at creating a dark tone in the story... "Dark mahogany paneling surrounded the office and a smudged, dark velvet carpet covered the floor. The room smelled of crusty old cigars, an Italian variety...". LOVE IT! This is the kind of book that fully absorbs you into its twisted world and doesn't let you go until the mystery is solved. Two thumbs up!
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A lite easy to read mystery.just enough twist and turns to keep you turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.
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I gave this three stars because I actually liked the story for most of the book but there were some real annoyances in the writing. Primarily, the constant use of he thought/she thought tags were distracting. The author should find another way to convey what the characters think or eliminate the tags. If you read the sentence without the tag, you can tell that most of the time it is unnecessary.

The relationship between the protagonist and the girl had a lot of potential and could have been a bit more developed. In fact, only a couple of character were well developed. The story had an unsatisfactory ending for me - flat and hurried. It was almost as if the author tacked on the ending just to tie up lose ends rather than resolve the conflict.

Overall this was a very interesting story but I think it could be tightened up to give it a bit more punch and better developed characters.
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I really enjoyed the story, but it was too short; it seemed more like a second or third draft of an outline. There were lots of places that more detail could have been added to flesh out the story and add more suspense. Everything just fell into place without any drama or road blocks for the hero and his sidekick to work on and overcome together. It reminds me of some of the shorter Conan Doyle "Sherlock Holmes" works. I was shocked when I read the original Sherlock stories because they were so shallow and nothing like the Sherlock dramas we see on TV. This book had that same rushed/shallow feeling to it.
I love the characters, the story could be a great basis for a more detailed and dramatic suspense thriller, there were hardly any distracting typos or grammar mistakes (that I could tell), and I hope there are more books starring the Professor and Jenny--they work well together.
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