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- Publication Date: September 22, 2014
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These Haunts Are Made For Walking: A Ghost Hunter Cozy Mystery (A Ghostly Haunted Tour Guide Cozy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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I have to ask: Can I have my dollar back? Even better yet, can I have the time I spent reading this back?
The writing was disjointed: One moment, the main character, Rip, lives above a pizza parlor, the next, she is renting a floor in an old Victorian house. Rip’s ex-fiancé and Brannon's ex-girlfriend each suddenly appear out of nowhere (practically simultaneously) for about 2 seconds and beg the concerned party to get back together and then disappear just as swiftly. At some point, Rip briefly mentions that her parents live in the area and that her family is rather dysfunctional, but that is all you ever hear about them. She's living in the same tiny town as her parents--the small town she grew up in--and no one mentions her parents, ever? She never visits home? If she hates them that much, why did she move back??
And call me violent, but I really wanted to smack Rip multiple times. She's supposed to be the head librarian--the person in charge--but allows an underling to huff, and puff, and bellow at her incessantly? I mean, she does not even try to discuss their problems with the woman, she just lets Leslie do whatever Leslie wants, lets Leslie leave whenever Leslie wants, and meekly does her best to come in to work more than 15 minutes early so Leslie won't snarl at her for being late? Grow a spine (or at least grow something!) and learn what it means to be in charge, already! Niceness is one thing, but spineless is a whole 'nother story--and one I won't read again.
And what is up with finding written murder confessions and *not* turning them in to the police? Not to mention, receiving death threats and blithely continuing to investigate a murder without so much as a tiny little mention of those threats to your hunky cop friend? Come on, Rip, you're a librarian for crying out loud! You're supposed to have at least *some* common sense!
And finally, as another review I read said: the murderer is so obvious, I expected it to be a red herring. It was a sore disappointment to find the ‘bad guy’ everyone hated throughout the entire book was actually the killer. Where’s the fun in that?
I’ll sum it up this way: I read the whole darned thing because I paid for it. I liked some of the ideas, but it was so disjointed, irrational, and just plain irritating that I will ignore the (to me) inexplicable plethora of great reviews and grumpily give this book a complete thumbs-down. Minus at least two stars, were it possible.
1. main character, who explains her name, Riley, or Rip, or R.I.P., several times (I get it already!) moves back to her hometown after a bad breakup. We get the story of the breakup in the beginning, and even meet the ex for a brief second, but for NO reason! The ex comes to town all the way from California to be told to go away... and he does. That's it. What was the point of that??
2. The mystery is wrapped up way too easily and quickly, and without any help from our main character. She finds clues from the killer that she never gives to the police, even though she repeatedly says she needs to. She finally partially explained her behavior at the end when she said, "Because I make stupid decisions on a regular basis?". Understatement.
3.She accepted the appearance of all of the ghosts that suddenly started showing themselves to her without any doubt, questions, or freaking out.
4. Editing! There are several places where "it" should be "is" or similar small typos not caught by spellcheck. Also, she and her old best friend Tammy are back to weekly shopping trips and lunches, and together all the time even though she just came back to town and isn't even working yet, and Tammy has three jobs. Tammy had no life at all while she was gone? No one else in town seems to know who she is or even appears to recognize her through the whole story, even though this is where she grew up? Then of course when she walks into the diner and sits in and booth and grabs a menu... then walks across the room to a table with everyone watching her. To be honest, by this point I was already skipping large portions of the pages just to get through to the end. The language and the way the characters talk to each other made it seem like it was written by a pre-teen.
5. The relationship between Rip and Brannon (the "hot cop") was not developed enough to make me care. She avoided him through most of the book, and still he explained his marriage and relationship with his ex to her. People just don't talk like that. He never developed beyond the divorced "hot cop".
I hate not finishing a book, so I will try to finish even as I roll my eyes through the last 2/3rds of the story just so I can see if it improves. This one didn't, but at least I know whodunnit.
Ripley Van Raden has returned home to her small town after living life in California after college. A librarian by day and ghostly tour guide by night, she leads an interesting life and solves crimes along the way, with a little ghostly help. A great series. I got the first two books in this series for free and quickly paid for the remaining four. WELL worth it!
I would have given the series a 5, but there are typos and grammatical errors throughout each one...as much as Rose writes I am certain she has an editor who should be paying more attention to these things. Still, a great author with a lot of great material to read.
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