- File Size: 1460 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FC92AKG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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November's Past (Larry Macklin Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Great cast of characters – even the small supporting ones – you felt like you really got to know them. And you really feel for the hero, deputy sheriff Larry Macklin, who is trying to solve a disturbing murder and the mystery of several arson attacks, while also carving out an identity and career for himself in the shadow of a father who is a well-known local authority figure. His relationship with his father was one of the most interesting parts of the story for me – and his relationship with his father’s dog, a slobbery Great Dane named Mauser, who stole every scene he was in! I also liked the (potential) girlfriend – she was feisty and it was cute the way Larry was so awkward around her.
I had read this author’s previous book (a darker thriller called “Broken State”) and this one has the same brilliant dialogue. You almost feel like you’re eavesdropping on the characters’ conversations. They sound “real” and not like in some books where the characters sound like they’re reading from a script.
Parts of the story are quite dark & graphic – there’s mutilation, domestic abuse and gang stuff – all in a day’s work for a county deputy sheriff – but none of it is gratuitous. If you like fluffy, cozy type mysteries, though, this probably isn’t for you. But if you enjoy grittier, darker, realistic crime fiction, then this should be a very enjoyable read!
This book opened with a murder scene and I was engrossed in the storyline from the beginning until the last page was read. The plot was easy to follow and the book moves along at a decent pace, making for a good afternoon of reading. The reader is invited to follow the clues with Larry, his partner and another deputy — as you try to figure out who the real culprit is. Can he/she be stopped before anyone else is murdered?
This was my first book written by A. E. Howe and I will read the rest of the Larry Macklin series.
This is another series that I could have "borrowed" to read free (and, at first, I did borrow the books via the Kindle Unlimited Members programme), but I purchased the books so they are part of my permanent library.
That might have been a self-deprecating quip, but he follows this “I hate my job” whinge by jumping to conclusions: it’s a drug killing & big city killers dumped this body in his small town.
Later back at HQ, he noses in on another investigator’s arson case, thinking “Maybe with a little luck I could solve it before him.” <insert eye-rolling emoji here>
As for the supporting cast:
1. MC’s overweight partner works a side-job at a Waffle House, falls asleep whilst attending a murder scene (because he never gets enough sleep), and eats a huge breakfast every morning for an hour or more, at a nearby restaurant/grill—on county time.
2. Another investigator is a “little shit” who no wants to work with and whose ex-wife moved across country to get away from him.
I sighed but read on to discover that the MC took the police investigator job because his father is the sheriff. More, the MC doesn’t get along with his sheriff-father, who happens to have a 190 lb. Great Dane that misbehaves to the point of being destructive—because it’s never been trained.
So many books to read and so little time! I declare this book DNF. Onto the next book on my To Read List.
2 Stars because the author had a decent editor.
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