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- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publisher: Missing Spoon Publishing (June 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJ73Y9K
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was pretty tickled to learn more about Uncle Mike's past and see him interact with his friend. Of course, I continue to enjoy how Mike interacts with his team, suspects, and Lexy. Christa writes him in such a way that I find it incredibly easy to envision him as real person and actually hear him. (In other words, I have started casting the Lexy Cooper motion picture.)
I, like many other Lexy fans, loved the introduction of Ash into the storyline. Lexy's internal dialogue about Ash is hilarious. I loved seeing how Lexy showed another side of herself with Ash while at the same time dealing with everything else that was happening in the story. Her reactions made Lexy more relatable to me, and I could "feel" her pain and her happiness during the course of the book. I love that about an author.
One of my favorite things about Christa's writing is she does her best to tie up any loose ends. There were a couple interesting items that she included so fans would have some closure. I will let you discover them on your own.
I LOVED this book. You will, too. Go buy a copy. Oh and guess what? Don't have a Kindle? Download the app to your device (smartphone, tablet). Don't have either of those? You can read it via your PC or laptop or even the Cloud. You can find links to any of these here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771
You have no excuse now NOT to buy this fantastic book and get your mystery on. In fact, if you haven't purchased "Schooled" yet, go buy that as well. Plus, don't forget that Lexy Cooper #3 is in the works and I CAN'T WAIT!!
Coming as this does on the heels of her last adventure (a mere few month in book time – and while I don’t think you need to read Schooled to get this book, it’s probably a good idea if you do), Lexy promptly calls her “Uncle” Mike, a police detective, reports the crime and then passes out, a victim of PTSD. Then, over the course of the relatively short novel, the murder investigation gets hampered by complications and leads down paths involving drug dealers, strippers, an old flame of Mike’s who now works for the FBI and a firearms instructor who moonlights as a championship extreme sports star (or maybe it’s the other way around). There are enough red herrings to make a Lithuanian meal while suspects come and go faster than pixels on a dual core processor (I don’t know what the means, either).
Needless to say, it all gets solved and Lexy herself has a major hand in the action, overcoming her murder related stress as well as her devotion to Nate (well, almost). She also gets a new boyfriend and a new hand weapon (and a throng of new followers for her in-system show, Xenonline). It’s a quick, fun read and I’ll certainly get the next book in the series, next time it’s on sale, but a lot of the same problems I found with the original book are still present here.
Ms. Charter still writes her characters as inhabiting the world she lives in at the time she’s writing them and so she’s got pop culture references which make the book feel dated instead of timeless. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I think she might be better served by creating fictional figures who fulfill the roles she wants her pop culture figures to fill so instead of having a concrete person we might or might not know, we’ll create our own thinly veiled pastiche of whoever is current at the time of reading. This would create a relevancy which comes as a collaboration with the reader instead of actively trying to contradict their current reality.
Also, Lexy is still a sex pot and while we, the readers understand she is more brain than boob, her colleagues don’t really see her that way. And neither does she. She’s allows herself to be used to cover for her co-host who doesn’t want to work, a host who is hired in the first place to provide the show with an “intelligent” half. Her looks are given more credibility than anything else she might have to offer. I’m not saying this doesn’t exist, I just wish Lexy complained about it more than a cursory cursing and then moving on and keeping with the status quo. Even the one co-worker who asks her to edit a piece of writing, really only does it as a pretense to sexually harass her. Which brings up another issue – sexual harassment in this book is almost at the point of absurdity. When the HR Director is guilty of massive and obvious harassment I tend to lose focus and he loses credibility as a character. Sure, he may be a slimeball, but you don’t get to be head of an HR department and NOT know that standing around with your dick hanging out is a major no-no. It just strikes me as someplace where if something was going to be said about the nature of sexist situations in the gaming industry, this was the place. Instead, it passes with the barest of notices except as a potential clue towards discovering our killer.
At the end of the day, I keep wanting Lexy and her cohorts to be more aware of their situation and at least trying to understand and combat it. It’s a testament to Ms. Charter’s writing ability that I’m still reading and looking forward to more.
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She's getting better at having fun writing these and it shows she likes her lead character.... ^_^