- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: W.i.N. Pictures, LLC; 1 edition (March 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999058118
- ISBN-13: 978-0999058114
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,470,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shady Place Paperback – March 23, 2017
About the Author
DAVID BYRNE has been a realtor for over thirteen years. Shady Place is his debut novel and was a finalist in the 2016 Launchpad Manuscript Competition. David doesn’t like when different foods touch on his plate or when people are mean to animals, but he does like naps and making people smile. David currently lives in Ormond Beach, Florida with love of his life and two striped cats.
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Awesome job David....keep up the good work
I don't think Shady Place was meant to be this dark and serious detective book, so don't expect a lot of twist and turns and alley ways, to me it was fairly predictable, but the ride to the end was what I adored about the book, I found a lot of it hilarious. The book is straight forward, humorous and keeps you wanting to read more of it. Great Job!
This was a light, cozy mystery in which guessing who the murderer was, wasn’t particularly difficult but I don’t think it was meant to be either. The mystery felt like a minor point along the way at times. It was a lovely, cute story about friendships and starting anew. Perhaps a little slow moving at times and not very suspenseful, it was still an entertaining listen with interesting, likable characters and plenty of humor. A good pick if you enjoy fun, cozy mysteries without too much drama and like characters who are a little more mature. I believe this is David A. Byrne’s debut work and as such, it is an accomplished piece of writing. The descriptive passages make it easy to imagine the locations and scenes in your head.
The narrator, Nik Magill, did a nice job with the various accents but I would have appreciated a bit more variation between the male characters’ voices. However, he won me over with his enthusiastic style. It is easy to become involved in the story when it is narrated with such passion and Mr Magill really seemed to enjoy the story and himself. This was my first time listening to any of his work and I would certainly try another book by this narrator. There were no issues with the production of the audio.
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The story is about life transitions and settling into a new community, all aspects of life we can relate too: meeting people, making friends and assimilating. Some transitions are easier than others, which is what the main character, James Phillips, experiences. A retired police officer retiring to Florida, dealing with the loss of his wife, over involved daughters and life changes later in life. As he enters his new life, the people he encounters, some from a former time, throws his peaceful retirement into chaos. In the end, where he did not want to be is where he is meant to be.