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Southern Bound - A Paranormal-Mystery (Max Porter Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Inconsistent characterization: The main character removes to Winston-Salem with his wife from Michigan after being fired from his teaching job for sexual harassment, a charge he did not fight. When challenged by his wife, some way into the book, he confesses, he didn't fight it because he'd embezzled money from the school. Yet later in the book, confronted with the possibility of stealing a look at documents he doesn't own, he has an attack of conscience. Characters should be consistent and the author should consider whether readers actually like main characters who embezzle money.
Unbelievable plot twists: Ok, this is a paranormal, got it, but approximately a third or more of the way into the book, his wife admits she sees ghosts, has always seen ghosts, but has hidden it from her husband. The revelation at this point in the book seems more convenient for the author than believable in the context of the MS.
Confusing plot structure: The reader isn't sure whether the objective of the protagonist is to free a captive ghost, uncover the identities of the people who hired him, or expose ancient evil. Yes, they're related, but the relationships aren't clear or well explained and his apparent primary motivation - to free the ghost - seems a little ill considered when people are threatening him.
There are others. The wife works at a bakery and has limited time to work with her husband. Yet, later, she becomes a partner with him in uncovering the plot. No mention of her employment constraints or how she manages them. The language is sometimes inappropriate for the time and place. The language is often adolescent - he went "all" nuts or angry or whatever. Similarly, the action is often interrupted with character reaction or reflection. These are details that can make or break a book.
I see from the above author bio that Mr. Jaffe has written several books and short stories, so perhaps this is an anomaly. Some good editing and a little re-writing would whip this into a first rate book.
However, Max accepted a very strange job...one of research consultant for ...well that is the strangeness...he doesn't know who. An advertisement in the newspaper, telephone calls, and written instructions is all Max received prior to acceptance of the job.
As he arrives at his new work place, he is greeted by the 'voice' that had hired him on behalf of his anonymous employer. He is told in no uncertain terms 'Not to touch anything.' When the man leaves, Max's 1940's styled office is not empty by any means as he hears and sees a man appear.
Enter Drummond, the former occupier of the office, and currently dead. Dead as in ghostly apparition. Yes, he is dead, but he is not silent. He wants to be released from the office place and thus begins the strangest job, Max has ever encountered.
This tale takes us from post-WWII to current days. In some ways, Winston-Salem has become a modern city, in other ways, the Witchcraft days are not passed.
This was a very interesting murder mystery. Quite different as it covered many aspects of life throughout the eras. I would be interested in reading further volumes in this series.
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The characters are well written and the story line somewhat different
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