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- 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: #1,709 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.
The minus: The title of the book - the apostrophe in the title tripped me up. I kept wondering “November’s Past whats?” It just read weird to me. I think Novembers Past plural would make more sense, because of the first case’s connection to the 70s. I see, however, that book 2 in the series is titled “December’s Secrets,” so the naming convention must be on purpose.
The pluses: The title bugged me, but I’m glad I kept reading. Larry is an interesting character. From the get go, he admits he’s a crappy investigator who never really wanted to be in law enforcement, but is doing it out of a sense of obligation to his father. His mother died suddenly and to get his father out of a funk, Larry told his dad if he’d run for sheriff, Larry would go through the academy. His dad won the election, and Larry became a deputy. Turns out, though, that he’s got serious detective skills and a knack for pulling diverse facts together to solve cases. Larry reminds me vaguely of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire – laconic, and always doing the next right thing.
The supporting characters, including the sheriff, his Great Dane Mauser, Larry’s lackadaisical partner, and Larry’s rescue cat, Ivy, rounded out the story for me. The dialogue between them rings true. I liked the burgeoning relationship between the vet tech, Cara, who Larry meets when he ends up taking Mauser to the vet because his dad is otherwise engaged. It was fun to watch the hesitancy in the fledgling relationship and see them getting to know each other. Maybe she’ll be his love interest, maybe not, but he’s clearly found a good friend in her.
This was an engaging, enjoyable read for me. I want to spend more time with Larry and the other characters, and see what happens next in his life. I will be keeping up with this series.