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- ASIN : B01MA43ZX3
- Publisher : Northern Lake Publishing (October 14, 2016)
- Publication date : October 14, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2054 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,282 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book had none of that. Zero. The main character is one-dimensional, uninteresting and not very bright. There's a 25-30 year old daughter who has the dialogue and demeanor of an 8 year old in every single conversation. The book is full of cliches and there is graphic violence throughout.
Shallow story, shallow characters, complete waste of time. I actually feel less smart for having read it.
He's an aging bada** who "used to be an athlete" and doesn't really train much any more but still manages to date a woman half his age, out run drug dealers in the snow (okay, to be fair meth heads aren't really know for cardio either) and defeat determined bruisers that are also half his age and much bigger to boot, in hand to hand stand up fights. - It just doesn't fit together.
As much as I enjoyed this novel, I am looking forward to the next, so some of those characters can be brought into better focus.
Mr. Hart has managed to create a protagonist which resonates with anyone in his age bracket and a little more. The baggage one collects through life is well documented without dragging down the fast pace of the novel.
This author is one to keep an eye on.
I discovered Hart because I subscribe to Jeri Walker’s blog; take a gander at the author interview here. jeriwb com
Intrigued, I popped onto his website and checked out his mysteries.
Note: Just my personal preference that I’m not a fan of the usage of the f-word. I put up with in Sandford and Connelly because I’ve read them for decades, but I think too many authors rely on that word when others would do without jarring me.
From the start, you get an engaging view of Shelby Alexander, who he is and who he might have been before. Events are soundly set in motion when Jenny, a well-known local, dies in his kitchen and her drug-dealing family comes to call.
The introduction of characters is smooth and they’re easy to track. I don’t care much for stories with drugs as a centerpiece, but even a drug dealer can have his moments.
I enjoyed Carly, bartender and more to Shelby. Sometimes a character such as her could come across as a generality and predictable prop. You’ll be pleased to read about her and discover an interesting depth.
Shelby’s friend, Mack, is a good addition to the story, adding both back story and fresh perspective.
The story moves along with a balance between action and dialogue. There are multiple red herrings and you may/may not be able to figure out who’s the culprit.
I enjoyed the first in this series so much that I just dumped book two, Serenity Stalked, into my Kindle.
I really thought it would have been a kick in the pants to have had Carly step in at the climax and rescue the fellows. She’s just that kind of gal.
If you like darker mysteries with characters who are rough around the edges, you'll like this one.
Top reviews from other countries
A couple of days later her brother notorious drug dealer Harper Ellis turns up at Shelby door, he wants Shelby to find out who killed his sister as the new sheriff in town is on his families back. As Shelby investigates he realises there's another drug lord set up in the area could Jenny's death be anything to do with them?
I loved this book Shelby is a good man he has principles. In Serenity we delve slightly into Shelbys background. I loved this book was full of action. First of Craig's books I have read certainly won't be the last. Definitely recommend it.
High art? High brow literature? No, but a story which entertained and provided a few thrills and had me interested in reading more this author.
Our main man, Shelby is a fixer and is hired to dig into the death of a woman who just happens to be the sister of a local king-pin drug dealer. The local law aren't interested. Our drug dealer soon winds up dead himself and Shelby is somehow getting targeted himself by an unknown assailant. His enquiries continue.
Hard to put the finger exactly on what I liked about this one, but I'll have a go.
Likable main character, interesting family dynamic, he's a divorcee with a grown up daughter who wants him to reconcile with her mum, only he has a girlfriend his daughter's age. There's criminality and drug dealing and bad eggs aplenty and semi-indifference from the law. There's action, violence, danger, death, dastardly doings and a decent enough outcome. There's plenty of humour and wit present and a nice flow to things as the author gets us to the finish line in a reasonable but not breakneck pace.
If Dickens and Austen and Eliot and Hemingway = gourmet dining. I'm probably more a fast food merchant myself. Craig Hart's work probably won't be to everyone's taste, but he puts a lot of ticks in the boxes for me.
4 from 5
Serenity is the first in a six or seven book series. I'll be looking forward to devouring more of them in the future.
Read - (listened to) August, 2020
Published - 2016
Page count - 194 (3 hrs 41 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible
In his retirement, Shelby's recently reconciled (after an acrimonious divorce) daughter, Leslie,, entertains ideas he'd be better off back together with her Mom, Helen. Leslie fusses about whenever she visits her Dad and even throws away the majority of his food stores, which are long out of date. She's disgusted when she learns of Shelby's girlfriend Carly, who's her own age - and only half her father's current age of 60!
The case Shelby's involved in this time, gets off to a break-neck speed from the very first page, with the discovery by Shelby of a young woman's body on his isolated ranch property. He recognises her as Jenny Ellis, a simple, but friendly girl who's part of the local drug-dealing clan, who personify the worst of modern society to Shelby. He goes to tell the family and what happens next will surprise and maybe even shock you.
Your heart will be in your mouth for much of the time, as there's never a dull moment when Shelby Alexander's involved!
A 5-star, must-read book for your murder/mystery/thriller bookshelves, Serenity will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout - buy your copy today!
I liked Shelby Alexander. He is older than the average male protagonist and I liked how his age is portrayed, especially through his relationship with a bartender who is the same age as his daughter. I also liked his good friend Mack, and I kinda wanted to know how his relationship with Gloria was resolved after he left Serenity.
I loved the humour of the characters and the random little tidbits involved in the books, especially the maple syrup tapping and fishing in ice. It was really interesting and I feel like I learnt something.
However, my major complaint about this book is that I feel like it's more of a sequel book rather than the first in the series. It's written almost as if you already know all the characters and I found it a bit difficult to remember all of the characters, especially the Ellis's.