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The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader (A Richard Sherlock Whodunit Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Jim has been writing novels for the past four years. His Richard Sherlock Whodunit series has ranked him in the top 10% of Amazon authors. He is also the author of WHUPPED, a reverse romantic comedy from many different points of view. His latest novel, Hell No, We Won't Go A Novel of Peace, Love, War, and Football is his first writing of a 'serious' nature.
- ASIN : B00AL2LDFI
- Publisher : Creative Inc. Publishing (December 7, 2012)
- Publication date : December 7, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 470 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #657,070 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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So I bought it, started reading it and wondered if my liking for wordplay had led me astray. "The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader" is so lightly written and so under-described that I struggled to get traction with it.
Then I realised that it was my expectations, rather than the book itself, that were holding me back. I thought I'd bought a novel. In reality I'd bought textual television.
The dialog was fun and skillfully done. Each chapter had a witty title and at least two or three smile-worthy moments.
A slightly scatty, ensemble cast was being assembled, in an "Season One, Episode One" sort of way, to do the detecting: Richard Sherlock - divorced dad, fired ex-cop, disgruntled insurance investigator with an obsessive eye for detail; Tiffany: a rich young woman side-kick, with no understanding of a world in which the phrase "I can't afford it" applies to her, an obsession with her looks but a good heart and a strong desire to learn - as long as it doesn't interfere with her spa days; two lazy but talented cops, willing to let their ex-colleague, Richard Sherlock, solve their case for them, and Sherlock's two cute daughters who offer random insights into the case and make their father more human.
Once I relaxed into this TV-on-the-page, I began to enjoy myself and get into the whodunnit aspect of the book. Talk about complicated. Jim Stevens doesn't cheat but I guarantee that you won't guess the denouement. The best thing about the plot was that it gave lots of opportunity for humour at the expense of all those rich folks who make their wealth without lifting a finger that all of us love to hate.
By the end of the book I couldn't decide whether I had read a "novelisation" (horrible word) of a TV script or whether Jim Stevens was the new P.G.Wodehouse. Either way, I knew I was going to be reading more. "The Case of the Moomah's Moolah" is already in my To Be Read pile.
Knowing this is the first in the Richard Sherlock Series, I also enjoyed the personal information about the main character with the inclusion of his daughters and ex-wife.
Jim Stevens ' writing is so real that any reader could picture the settings described very clearly. I, for one, can relate to the back problems. Seriously, I enjoyed this book and plan to follow this author.
Top reviews from other countries
Not quite a 5* (I reserve that for books that I love so much that I'd want to start them over again) but not far off. And will be moving on to book 2.
Not going to go into the plot (hate it when reviewers tell you everything about it and virtually the ending - you can get that from on-line description!) suffice to say - buy it - read it - you'll love it
I'll be looking for more books by this author, without a doubt.