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Murder in Mind (Sloane Monroe Book 2) Kindle Edition
From the Author
Georgiana Germaine (Mystery Series)
1. Little Girl Lost
2. Little Lost Secrets - Coming February 2021!
3. Little Broken Things - Coming August 2021!
Sloane Monroe Mystery/Thriller Series
0. Silent As the Grave (prequel to series) - Coming April 2021!
1. Black Diamond Death
2. Murder in Mind
3. I Have a Secret
4. Stranger in Town - Shamus Award Finalist
5. Bed of Bones - USA Today Bestseller
6. Hush Now Baby - USA Today Bestseller
7. Gone Daddy Gone - USA Today Bestseller
8. Smoke and Mirrors - 2020 USA Today Bestseller
Sloane Monroe Stories - Mystery Novella Series
(with characters from the main series)
1. Deadly Sins: Sloth
2. Deadly Sins: Wrath
3. Deadly Sins: Lust
4. Deadly Sins: Greed
5. Deadly Sins: Envy
Sloane & Maddie Peril Awaits - Mystery Series
(spinoff series with Sloane Monroe & her sidekick Maddie)
1. Book One Coming Spring 2021
Addison Lockhart Ghost Mystery Series
1. Grayson Manor Haunting
2. Rosecliff Manor Haunting
3. Blackthorn Manor Haunting
4. Belle Manor Haunting
Stand Alone Mystery/Thriller Novels
1. Eye for Revenge - USA Today Bestseller
2. The Perfect Lie
3. Hickory Dickory Dead - USA Today Bestseller
4. Roadkill - New Release! - 2019 USA Today Bestseller
- ASIN : B005ORQRBK
- Publisher : Pixie Publishing (September 2, 2011)
- Publication date : September 2, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 613 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #373,602 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Whilst reading I suspended all disbelief and at intervals, repeated the following as though a mantra: “It’s a fantasy! A fantasy!”
It worked. I let slide impossible plot elements, incredibly incompetent police & FBI agents, unrealistic murderer behavior, flat & indistinguishable dialogue, the desperate need of a good editor, etc. Plus the quintessential Mary Sue protagonist, a handsome mobster to the rescue, cliched & muscled bodyguards, police officers who cater to the heroine protagonist, etc.
If you attempt to duplicate my efforts, know that I imbibed a vodka martini.
What blocks me from getting totally immersed in a story?
Poor or award word choice. Many times Cheryl used words that just did not fit.
I'll include a few examples:
FBI's or FBIs . That apostrophe is important. It marks a possessive (the dog's bark was very loud. vs The dogs barking was very loud).
Cheryl wrote (loc.2328) "The place is already swarming with fed's."
Spell check does not choose the correct homophone: site or sight
as vs like The best test for this is to try substituting "the way" for "as"in the sentence. E.g. Like is a preposition whereas AS is a conjunction joining two clauses.
The most problematic is using a word that has the wrong meaning.
averted vs avoided (loc. 1058) "He averted the question."
so vs neither (loc. 1615)" I didn't say a word. So did they."
(loc. 1644) He sat down beside me and remitted a cup of tea.
(loc 1722) " ...but she didn't get far before Sal and Lucio circumvented her escape."
Then there are the sentences that are so awkward that I wonder if Cheryl was consulting a Thesaurus .
(loc. 2122) Declan plunged the hoe he held in his hand deep into terra firma with great force.
As for the story itself I just didn't find the plot believable. The police federal and local were unbelievably inept. The heroine , Sloane too all knowing.
So, I will not be spending any money for books written by Cheryl Bradshaw. The errors and awkward wording prevent me from escaping into the fantasy.
This may be a small thing but there were also a couple times where the author used the word procure, and it was such an odd word to use, especially given the rest of the writing, that it took me out of the limited flow I had going. Once the author used the word "pullulated" however, I was yanked out harshly (I have a fairly good vocabulary, but had to look this word up--there were plenty of other words she might have used). I wondered if she'd discovered a new word and wanted to use it, so she stuck it here.
Add to that the misuse of apostrophes (fed's), and random misplaced commas (neither of which on their own or even together would have ruined the book for me since they weren't that frequent), and this just wasn't a wonderful read.
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On a positive note, it is a relatively quick and easy story to read. I certainly found the opening chapters quite gripping. I also liked how the author provided us from time to time with insights from the killer's perspective.
However, as the plot unfolded, I started to question different aspects of the story. For example, how & why does private investigator Sloane Monroe (the central character) have so much 'clout' with the police? Why does the serial killer resume killing after a three-year 'break'? Sloane and Giovanni's growing romantic attachment struck me as being a little too far fetched for a fictional crime story, especially when also bearing in mind that Giovanni is a mobster with a brother who is an FBI agent assigned to the case. I also found it a little difficult to accept the explanation that the serial killer had not left any 'evidence' at the crime scenes which is why the local police had not made any headway in the murders and that it is Sloane who continually comes up with the evidence and ideas that leads her to the serial killer who murdered her twin sister.
So overall, I did not really enjoy this particular story. Perhaps if I had read the first book in the series I may have been more sympathetic towards Sloane and some of the other principal characters in the story, but I think the main reason for my disappointment is that I prefer my crime thrillers to be a little more grounded in reality.
When the killings begin again, with the same hallmarks as three years ago, private eye Sloane Monroe knows Sinnerman is back. She sends him a message to say she’s coming for him and the stakes go through the roof as both hunter and hunted become obsessed with each other.
Sloane’s pain and determination are expertly evoked as she goes through the wringer to catch this man. Her personal relationship with Nick suffers and animosities with the local police threaten to derail her quest until help comes from an unexpected corner.
The pace is perfect. The tension creeps up with each chapter to a thrilling climax. The stakes rise when Sinnerman takes more victims. In the process, he reveals more and more of the neglect and suffering he endured as a child, which led to his killing spree. While it’s difficult to defend murder, it helps to understand that no one is pure evil.
This outing for Sloane is much darker and more engaging than the first novel and shows that cosy crime can have bite and grit without stretching the boundaries too far. Think Kinsey Millhone with an extra helping or two of grit and attitude.
Thoroughly recommended and I already have the third in the series on my Kindle.