- File Size: 1871 KB
- Print Length: 169 pages
- Publisher: Barbara Ellen Brink; 1 edition (April 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VN0A3QC
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I sincerely hope the author makes a series out of Roadkill. The community she created is ideal for a few more murders.
And give us the recipe for that Roadkill pot pie, Barbara!
Felicia Mires, author of Christian romance for any genre. http://www.feliciamires.com/
It’s a sort of cozy mystery, featuring in one barrel a hotshot homicide detective who survived getting shot by a naked girl while taking down her drug-dealing boyfriend. The second barrel is the detective’s devoted wife, Shelby, a stage actress raised by an alcoholic Shakespearean. A hit-and-run murder in the detective’s hometown, and the shooting that disables him, provide a prologue to a story that brings the couple to the fictional Port Scuttlebutt on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where they are debating whether to buy a derelict bed-and-breakfast.
It’s also sort of Christian fiction, featuring a couple of characters who are ordinary Christians and written without obscenities, profanities or voyeuristic sexual situations, though it’s never preachy nor moralistic . . . so non-Christian readers shouldn’t find anything objectionable.
Brink’s writing is pleasantly polished. The characters are well-developed and, barring the necessary villains, quite likeable. In fact, I look forward with pleasure to getting to know many of them better in Brink’s newly released sequel, Much Ado about Murder. The setting is delightful, too, with everything that makes a small town loved . . . and loathed. The mystery involves a teasing tangle of threads, and Brink is adept at twisting them, then unknotting them. You might, as I did, suspect early on that you’ve hit on the solution, but you shouldn’t be too sure of yourself.
One of the very best features is the dialogue, and, in particular the brilliant way Brink employs Shelby’s bardinage. I, too, grew up in a household rife with Shakespearean references, and my college credits include nine hours of Shakespeare (including all the comedies and all the tragedies, as well as a large portion of poetry). But – and this is what is so spectacular – readers don’t need to be versed in Elizabethan drama to enjoy these references because Blake generously explains them to those sensible characters who have no time for such foolishness. It’s never condescending. Blake apologizes for his wife’s eccentricity, and Shelby, though delighting in the quotations that linger in our language, is no literary snob herself. She simply wants to share the fun, not look down on the uninitiated.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has created an interesting cast of characters in Port Scuttlebutt, an aptly named community where everyone seems to know everyone else's business. The plot is intricate, with suspense building and surprising twists. All in all, a very enjoyable read. I will be looking out for the next book in thread is series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mystery and romance written in first person
Excited to read sequel when it is avail in a few weeks.