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The Scargill Cove Case Files: An Arcane Society Story (A Penguin Special from Jove) Kindle Edition
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"The Scargill Cove Casefiles" was an amusing little treat for those who are already familiar with the Arcane Society and Fallon Jones. I can understand why those not familiar with the series gave it bad reviews, because it does really work best for those who already know the story line and characters. For those of us already addicted to the Arcane Society, it was a nice bonus. For anyone else, this is not the best introduction to Krentz's excellent work. Start with one of the earliest full-length books to capture the flavor of this exceptionally good series.
Here's how it breaks down. I’ll give it both as page turns on the cloud reader with the middle (default) font size and the margins spread as far apart as they’ll go far right setting), which may vary by the size of your type and what reader you’re using and as location “loc” which will remain constant. It has an estimated 44 pages. First there's the cover (loc 1) and the title page (loc 2). The Table of Contents is next (loc 4) but we’re not at the beginning of the story yet. Next is a list of other titles, for four “pages” (locs 8,12,17,21). Next comes two copyright pages, for this story and the two teasers (locs 25 & 37). On the next page the story begins (loc 48 ). The following page it goes to double spaced (loc 57). There are 14 pages of double spaced text and a brief page that’s single spaced. The next page is blank (loc 268). There’s a one page epilogue (loc 269). Then the advertisements for two other books begin and we go back to single spaced lines. There’s an introductory page for “In Too Deep” with just a banner at the top (loc 279). The preview starts on the next page (loc 282). There are 11 pages (ends at loc 512). Following this there’s another banner page showing that we’re starting “Copper Beach” (loc 534). That story begins on the next page (loc 537). The “Copper Beach” intro goes on for five pages (and it’s a really good teaser, I already owned “In Too Deep” but I’m definitely going to buy “Copper Beach” which is the 1st book in another psi based romantic suspense series) so, five pages takes us to (loc 654). The next page is an advertisement for Penguin Books (loc 666). The end.
Here’s how it breaks down. If you’re looking at pages, adding them up I come to 45 and the estimate was 44, if you discount the cover we agree, I’m counting the cover so 17 pages out of 45 = 37.8%. If you’re looking at locations which seems to take into account single spaced lines and compensates for double spacing and very short or blank pages unlike counting pages, 48-279 gives us a difference in locations of 23. As a percentage compared to 666 it is, more realistically 3.5% of the book. So, bottom line, if you've got ten minutes to kill this story is a passable way to spend them remembering that you’re reading about 17 days in Fallon Jones’ life when very little happened (there were two cases during that period but one is assigned to “the Illusion Talent” so all we hear about is the bodies and that it was resolved, you don’t ask the illusion talent what he found out or how he disposed of the problem).
Isabella Valdez arrives in the cove. How and why she’s there aren't covered until “In Too Deep” so her appearance is more of a cameo or walk-on part only showing up in the epilogue. That’s the only thing that moves the overall story arc along. I hope no one considers that a spoiler and I’ll be very sorry if I've ruined anyone’s surprise, to me it was just tiny, relatively unimportant ½ page in the story which immediately runs into the beginning of “In Too Deep” where you'll read the entire back story beginning on page 1.
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