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Not a Whisper: Klondike, PA - a small town with big secrets (A Klondike Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The character development was thoughtful, and I enjoyed the dialogue of the book's different personalities. I'm not an expert on police investigation procedure, so appreciated the details supplied by the author. I liked that one of the lead detectives was a female.
Interactions between small town characters depicted in the novel seemed realistic. The romance between two of the novel's lead characters sweetened the book's plot, which was dark at times. The saddest part of the novel was the murder of a teen-aged girl, and the grief of her parents who lived for 20 years without resolution. Thankfully, by the novel's end, the lead detectives are able to determine the identity of the girl's killer.
Although I was not surprised to learn the identity of the arsonist who set the town's bar on fire (and this novel into motion) I was amused by the novel's depiction of his fall from grace. The antics of his mistress and his wife add a dimension of real liveliness to the story's conclusion.
First, way too many details & procedures of the investigation. I read lots of books which center around criminal investigations & I enjoy learning about the process, etc. However, this read more like a step-by-step procedure instead of summarizing the minor details & highlighting the important ones.
Second, the characters were a little too simplistic & undeveloped. I never felt that I knew the main characters beyond a superficial portrayal. This was also hindered by way too many supporting characters in the story. I felt that too many minor characters were presented, along with his/her subplot, & this also kept pulling the focus from the main story & characters.
Third, the book was way too long considering the content & then is going to be continued into another book??!!??. Too much unimportant information & too little characterization had me skimming more & more while reading. I skimmed to the end to find essentially no ending.
If the book was whittled down & developed more then I'd revisit it & more books by this author. But, although I'm an avid re-reader of books, I have no desire to open this book again.
I would have given this book a solid five stars, but couldn't because of the poor editing. It had typical spelling errors, some quite surprising and others all too typical of most eBooks. The grammatical errors are another story. Absent or misplaced apostrophes, commas, and semicolons are found throughout the book, along with misplaced periods. This said, I still highly recommend the book.