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- Publication Date: September 15, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F7VRMKS
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Five Quickies For Roger And Suzanne (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 7) Kindle Edition
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"Someone Did It to the Butler" is a good mystery that also rates 5 stars.
"The Body in the Parking Structure" has a reasonably good scientific basis , while portraying the greedy corporate individuals involved to earn 4 stars.
"The Dog With No Name" shows human interest in how a dog could be considered a client to get 3 stars.
"The Haunted Gymnasium" centers around a discontented Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert, who put a curse on the gym. Five expert combatants died in a span of 20 years, while working out at night. The ending gives this 3 stars.
That said I loved the authors choice of using multiple writing styles in one book. Each story has it's own and unique voice.
This is a gutsy move on the authors side and one I applaud. I however found the world building at times a bit over bearing. Lots of time and effort is forwarded via food and drink choices and although interesting it made me hungry! Ok I am kidding. Sorta.
Again, reading 5 stories each an experiment on its own was amazing and that alone makes this book worth the read.
One 're-write' which I was glad to revisit and the very short story, The Dog with No Name, was actually my personal favorite ... a delightful gem.
You can see that this is one of the earlier works of the author and as such, Mr. Last is developing his individual writing and character development style into what it becomes in later books. The dog client gets my vote as the best of the five, but there is some interesting plot development here, which include a Brazilian martial arts expert. These books are well worth a read, even if it is just to see how the character of Roger came into existence. Great stuff.
The stories were all interesting in the Jerrold Last solved the cases in each one. They kind of reminded me of Perry Mason where you follow the detective around and collect the clues with him. Then at the end, he is able to announce the perpetrator of the crime, and then explains how he figured it out.
Of the five stories, the The Empanada Affair was my least favourite. I believe this was one of Mr. Last’s first novellas, and it shows. I thought this novel read somewhat like a travel guide as there were long stretches of narrative that described the city and the history of the place as well as the tourist attractions. These things didn’t really have anything to do with the story.
My favourite story was The Dog with No Name in which Roger Bowman’s first client was a dog that walked into his office and led him to his owner’s home. Bowman had to break into the owner’s home where he found the owner unconscious on the floor.
This story was written out of sequence with the other Roger and Suzanne mysteries, but that aside, it is a lovely story that Roger tells to his son’s kindergarten class. If you love dogs, you will definitely like this story.
Someone Did It to the Butler and The Body in the Parking Structure are well-written who-dunnit mysteries. I tried to guess who the guilty person was before Roger solved the case and I wasn’t able to, but once he explained his reasoning, it made perfect sense.
The Haunted Gymnasium will intrigue you if you like ghost stories. This one is filled with martial arts.
These stories were a lot of fun to read. It was nice to get to know the characters better through several stories. The language is clean in each of these stories, there is no explicit sex, however, there is a gay male nanny (just so you aren’t surprised).
I gave this anthology a rating of 4 stars.
Thank you to the author Jerrold Last for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not required to provide a positive opinion. All thoughts are my own.
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