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Made A Killing (Alex Warren Murder Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is all very positive so why aren't I giving this a 'five' like everyone else?
Well, I persevered with the story rather than enjoyed it and that's a million miles from what I'd hoped for from this book. In fact I almost gave up after a couple of pages because of the confusing grammar. Commas, apostrophes and the other devices which help a reader were frequently misused or just missing altogether. I know that it makes me sound a pedant saying this but, in order to enjoy a book, one has to lose oneself in it. If you have to keep stopping and starting in order to make sense of what's just gone before, that's the moment lost.
There were also too many references to TV cop programmes - a weak attempt at persuading the reader that your story is the realistic one. I'd urge the author to cut it back to just one jokey comment. Less is always more.
I'm also docking a star because the end was a cliché with the 'bad guy' being unable to contain themselves when it came to spilling the beans on their dark secrets (unrealistic). The car chase was a bit 'OTT' too. Here we are making jibes at TV cop shows and we end up with burning rubber.
On balance, if the system would let me, I'd give 'Made a Killing' 7 out of 10 and that's not bad.
In summary, the story's good (I loved the main victim and would have liked to hear much more about his antics) - it just needs a bit of editing.
The only reason why I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 was because it seemed as though he skimped on the editing. Either his editor did not review the work enough or maybe the author tried to do it himself, so I did find a few distracting errors and wordiness in areas that an editor would have tightened up. But overall, I would never toss a great book just because of a few nit-picky grammar or punctuation things, so I was able to overlook these things and enjoy the mystery and plot of the story. I would have maybe liked to see a different beginning but was able to get into it after a few pages... it's just like you get the dinner right away without getting an appetizer first. If you know what I mean?
I feel this book overall for the value is a really great read and I am definitely a big fan of mystery books!
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