- File Size: 1018 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Villette Press (October 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0768T6C2W
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Murder Feels Bad: He Can Feel People's Emotions (And Murderers Feel Super Bad) (An Empath Detective Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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I stayed up way too late finishing the book since I needed to know "who-dun-it". Certain traits of some of the characters seem to have changed a little from the first book but that is expected when a writer is growing a new series.
Make sure to read the acknowledgements and all at the end of the book.
Book 2 of this series finds Mark Falcon, web-developer/empath/fledgling detective and his tenant/trusty but annoying sidekick, Pete Villette, tying up loose ends from a murder they solved in book 1, and attending the wedding of one of the murder suspects. The wedding is sidelined when a body falls from the church bell tower, giving Mark and Pete a new case to solve.
I struggled with this one, as I did with the first in the series – it’s a great premise, an empath who can sense the evil doers. That’s a skill I’d like to have. Mark and Pete remind me of a less cool version of Holmes/Watson – Pete follows along as Mark solves the crime and writes it down for posterity.
Minuses: Some of the dialogue where they were figuring out the identity of the murderer sort of dragged for me, so I paged past it. And there’s too much repetition of Pete and Mark needing to shout while they are riding around in “Thunder,” Mark’s aging car. Yes, I get it, the motor is very loud, but after the fifth repetition in as many pages, that gets a little old.
Pluses: The writing style is conversational, reminding me of the scenes in “Wayne’s World” where the characters are riding around in an AMC Pacer, eating licorice from the dome light slot. The dialogue is snappy, the settings well-described, and the characters interesting.
Pete still strikes me as a Labrador on crank, but there’s something appealing about him, in a kid-brother/messy puppy kind of way. Still not fond of Mark - he’s cranky and generally a miserable person, and needs a kick in the pants to get going, but his empath skills are intriguing. I keep hoping he’ll lighten up. And I’m secretly hoping Pete develops some sort of paranormal skills of his own. I think that would be an interesting twist.
I received a free copy of this book from the author. Absent that, I probably would have purchased the book anyway, because I read book 1 and was curious. And this did make the time on the elliptical pass quickly. Is this something I’d want to read again? No. Will I read more in the series, assuming there is more? Yeah, at least one more, to see if there are any shifts in the characters.