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Murder in Half Moon Bay: A Jillian Bradley Mystery, Book 1 Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Involving storyline but could have used proofreading as well as a dose of reality. The major flaw, that smacked me in the face on nearly every page once the murder had occurred, was the police chief's eager cooperation with Jillian in finding the killer. Not only do the professionals not welcome amateur involvement in crime-solving, in most jurisdictions they are not allowed to release details of the investigation to the public. And Jillian was logically one of the suspects! But this character practically acts as Jillian's assistant in the investigation, allowing her to rummage through the victim's belongings, calling her "partner," and even asking her to be present while he questions the other characters. The story itself was pretty interesting, but this was so blatantly unbelievable that I only got about halfway through before I couldn't take any more. The dialogue was awkward. There were lots of little flaws, such as a 2am murder being reported in the morning paper a few hours later - not enough time for a paper to be published unless they did a rare "special edition." Spelling/grammar/formatting were fairly decent, except for Thames' belief that to make a word or name plural, you add an apostrophe. For example, at one point, the chief exclaims "Rat's!" and at another, Jillian has "an appointment with the Westover's."
There's not a shred of logic in any of this, why everyone automatically believes a gardening columnist should be leading every investigation in her vicinity, and the author gently but firmly dismisses the need for explanations. (Other than a patriotic speech that indicates none of us are worthy of American freedoms if we don't save our nation by horning in on police and FBI investigations.) Readers are left with two distinct options: suspending all disbelief to a self-lobotomizing degree--unless you were born with a blithe freedom from the requirements of rationality--or being perplexed and likely disgusted at the benign arrogance and contented manipulations of both the main character and the author.
For myself I found the whole package conventionally nice, irrational, but on the whole not terribly interesting or memorable. If rationality isn't your strong suit, this will be an enjoyable read for you. If you're a stickler for logic and credibility, you should probably give this book a miss.