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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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The fast pace of the story, as well as the hot romance budding between Danny and Angelica, kept me turning the pages. The plotline is unusual and highly entertaining. Ms. Luchesi may very well be the next Stephen King. The only critical thing I have to say is that the narration was awkward in some places. Some tweaking can make the flow of the story go so much smoother. But that aside, a highly recommended read, but not for the squeamish.
Danny's bigotry was a little over the top, but the one part I had trouble with was the executions of new vampires. If 98 percent of them are able to function in society, why are all new vampires executed in their caskets before they have a chance to prove they can obey the law?
Other than that glaring contradiction in a wary but otherwise tolerant society the author has imagined, this was a well crafted world with believable characters, and a fun read. The setup for a recurring adversary ensures the prospects for equally enjoyable future episodes.
Firstly, I love a good mystery novel. I grew up reading Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. I also grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and fell in love with Robert Heinlein and Marion Zimmer Bradley at a young age. Over the years, I have grown to enjoy paranormal stories about vampires, werewolves, and the like, and I was drawn to Luchesi’s novel because she had employed two of my favorite loves, mystery and paranormal fantasy.
The story starts off well. I will not go into the details for fear of spoiling it for other readers, but I liked the plot line. Luchesi combined elements of a hard-boiled detective novel with urban paranormal fantasy. I enjoy this genre, and she did a great job of blending the two together. Her writing style is engaging, and I could tell that she put a lot of time and effort into the story. I also liked that the story was set in Chicago. I know the city well and she did a good job of keeping it real.
However, I thought that she could have developed the chemistry between the two main characters, Danny and Angelica, better. They fell into bed too fast and they fell in love even faster. I realize that they are supposed to have this spark for each other because they knew each other in past lives, but I do not think this subplot line worked well. Their attraction to each other felt contrived. I would have liked to have seen this love story develop at a slower burn rather than the fiery explosion that occurred early on in the story.
My other criticism of the story was the ending. Just when I thought the story had ended, it kept on going and going. I disliked the flashback scene at the end. It went on for several pages, and I think this material would have been better served in the next book in the series, or it should have been fleshed out better in the story rather than tagged on at the end. I believe flashbacks or visions should be used sparingly as a device to move your story along because I think there are other writing devices that could have conveyed this information better.
Lastly, I encourage all novel writers to craft a Table of Contents page because it helps their readers navigate through their story easier. I do not think it is necessary to create a clever title for each chapter, numbering them in sequence will do fine. In sum, I am giving Luchesi’s novel four stars because I think it has real promise. I liked that her vampires were good and bad, and more importantly, not sparkly! In future novels, I hope she explores the other paranormal species in more depth and continues the good work of the PID.
Let's start with the negatives. STAKE-OUT suffers from a bit of firstnovelitis. That means some showing more than telling, some characters outright stating their feelings, and some behavior that was either lampshaded, over-explained, or undercooked. And a few worldbuilding issues. I'm not going to pretend like this is a perfect novel, but these are all kinks that can be ironed out over time. If this series goes on long enough I could see it becoming another Sookie Stackhouse-, Harry Dresden-, or Anita Blake-type series, where the author grows into her voice after a few books.
That being said, what's really impressive here is the rock-solid foundation of a good book series. So let's look at some of the positives. This was a short, punchy, exciting novel. I'm probably most impressed by the romantic subplot. The scenes when Danny and Angelica were either simmering in their attraction to each other or giving in to it were the most convincing and sweetest parts of the novel. (Yeah, I never thought I'd say this either, but more romance next time, please.) The action, mystery, and romance blended in a way that felt unique to me. I really think STAKE-OUT is an auspicious start to a promising career, and I look forward to reading more from Luchesi in the future.
It is a little campy with the vampire names and references but given it's a police/detective story with wry humor, that's ok.
I loved Danny, hated his refusal to accept Angelica for what she was.
I hated vile Vincent and glad that he got what he deserved in the end.
There were elements of reincarnation in the book that were easily blended into the story.
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