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The Last Review (Coffee Levin Murder Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
Coffee, Camera . . . Murder! A detective in the making with a starring role, Levin must solve a string of murders taking place during the shooting of a mystery movie—little does he know he’s included in the final cut of the killer.
Due to a mysterious request, freelance writer Polo Levington, a.k.a. Levin, returns to his home town and goes undercover into the troubled set of The Last Farewell, a film wrapping its production, and one whose cast and crew are infamously linked to a past tragedy. The tension is immediately felt . . . and takes a turn for worse when someone inexplicably drops dead during a scene.
Trying to leave behind a childhood incident that cursed him with a panic disorder, Polo isn’t keen on getting involved with a similar affair, until a chance meeting with a honey-eyed actress and a world-weary policeman convinces him that there are some truths worth fighting for. Together they’ll discover the rabbit hole runs deeper than imagined, to the death of the ‘Golden Girl of Cinema’, killed decades ago by a prop in a film shoot very much like this one.
History repeats itself—and so does a murderer.
A psychological murder mystery that features a fresh take on the classic whodunnit, The Last Review is a cohesive standalone story, with an overarching narrative that follows Levin’s detective career in a nostalgic city where some truths have always been hard to reach.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LAST REVIEW:
“A lot of mystery books seem to work on a formula—this one broke the mold.”
“Well paced and with a great twist ending.”
“There’s plenty here to get the tiny grey cells working, as the famous diminutive Belgian would say.”
“A murder mystery with an almost vintage ‘locked room’ vibe to it.”
“In the style of the best of mysteries.”
From the Publisher
"The storyline is solid enough to keep the reader invested until the the final page." -Whispering Stories Book Blog, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
"A very engaging writing style and a mystery that only lays out all its cards at the very end." -Lagoon, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
"A thrilling story." -Readers' Favorite
About the Author
He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has always resided in the city of Buenos Aires.
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- ASIN : B08HH4P3RN
- Publication date : September 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2889 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 394 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,787 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall, I was a little torn on this story. I love a good murder mystery and an intriguing who-dun-it. And while this story had elements of both, it just didn’t come together. Some of the characters were more developed than others. Levin as a protagonist I found to be interesting- broken and determined. His blooming friendship with Clara was also done in a way that was graded and believable. However, I found that many of the other characters (including the victims and the main suspects) were not developed or relatable enough to find a connection to.
I received a copy of this story in exchange of a fair and honest review.
I had a hard time reading through it though, because there were a lot of characters and it was difficult to keep them straight at times. Even Polo Levington’s character, who was frequently referred to by his full name, his first name, and his nickname, “Levin.” The pace was very slow and overly detailed, which also led to a challenging read.
I liked the back story of Levin and his trauma, as well as the web that was woven around the “accident” where Vanesa died, but at times, it felt that there was more development of the back story, which really only had to do with why the main character was the way he was and not relevant to the overall progress of the current mystery.
As with any good mystery, the characters are filled with motive, deceit and subterfuge, which did keep me from second guessing my own ability to solve the crime until the very end.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only
Top reviews from other countries
Although the mood is very much that of the golden age, there is a modern feel to the narrative and Polo himself pays more than lip service to the likes of Columbo and Poirot.
A very engaging writing style and a mystery that only lays out all its cards at the very end, there’s plenty here to get the tiny grey cells working as the famous diminutive Belgian would say.