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Seagate is a foul-mouthed recovering alcoholic with an in-your-face attitude.Miner is a Mormon who would probably describe himself as a bit of a Boy Scout. They'realways giving each other a hard time, but there is never any doubt that despitetheir differences, they view themselves as a team and have mutual respect. Thedynamics of these two opposites working together added a lot for me, not onlyin the humor inherent in such a pairing, but the different knowledge andviewpoint each brought to the investigation.
--BigAl's Books & Pals, September 10, 2014
From the Author
- Big Sick Heart
- The Broken Saint
- The Reveal
- Victim Three
Three-Ways is about the murder of Austin Sulenka, a graduate student who is a sexaddict. Seagate and Miner start with the three women he had sex with onhis last night on earth: his girlfriend, who charms every man with herstriking beauty; a former student in his writing course who is stillbitter because he reneged on the promise to give her a B if she sleptwith him; and his thesis adviser, who might have revealed to him asecret in her past that could destroy her career.
Investigatingthe various love and sex triangles that complicated the victim's shortlife, Karen Seagate finds herself in a three-way relationship thatpromises to jeopardize her own fragile sobriety.
Detective KarenSeagate is foul-mouthed, cynical, rude, depressed, and insubordinate.She lies constantly and assumes that most of what people say is untrue.She expects nothing good to happen to her and is rarely surprised. She's too high-maintenance for most men and for all bosses. Really, therewould be no good reason for anyone to want to have anything to do withher--that is, if she were not extremely good at figuring out which liaris also a killer.
Average review on Amazon: 4.6
"Thecharacters are captivating, some tugged at my heartstrings and othersgot under my skin. It's fast paced and kept me guessing until the end.If you're a mystery fan then you'll love this book and if you're not afan of this genre this could be the book that converts you." -Amazonreviewer
"You will have a hard time finding a better way toentertain yourself with a book; this is fine summer reading." -Amazonreviewer
- ASIN : B00KC7I22E
- Publisher : Mike Markel (May 13, 2014)
- Publication date : May 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4470 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #755,722 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Throughout the story, Markel, an English professor in real life, delightfully skewers the peculiarities of academic life with gusto reminiscent of Richard Russo. Among the shibboleths Markel lances with great humor is the increasing use of adjunct instructors by universities in fruitless attempts to stem the exponential growth college costs. The only thing achieved has been the creation of a new underclass of academia lacking any of the traditional benefits of those who teach.
And yet . . .
Well, there is just no way to sugar-coat this observation or to apologize for its hard-hearted spirit, but this reader keeps hoping that Detective Seagate will fall off the wagon. Karen Seagate is most compelling when she is at her worst, so I find myself looking forward to a heartless police commander, bad news regarding Seagate’s son, or even an unfortunate and eternally regretful dalliance between Seagate and Miner (shudder)—anything to tip Seagate over the edge and into the hell in which she functions best. (Does this wish make me a bad person?)
What did I like? This is the 4th book in the series and I love this team. Karen is still working on her sobriety and Ryan is still recovering from the gun shot wound he received on the previous case. They both are doing great.
What are you going to like? Mike has done another excellent job with this storyline. There are so many twists and turns you just can't stop turning the pages. I also love the details that he includes but it is obvious the amount of research that he does in his work. As I read each book he has included more humor than the last one. You will feel the friendship between the partners. You can also feel the trust that they have built up with their chief. This book is meant for a mature adults due to the sexual content but it's not over the hill. I definitely recommend this series to all mystery readers. I'm on to book five, see you there!
Detectives Seagate and Miner are called onto a scene of young male, who turns out to be a grad student at the local university. As the investigation progresses the detectives discover the victim was involved intimately with several other people on and off campus. Detective Karen Seagate learns a lot about the inner works of a university graduate program. But will this information get them any closer to finding who left this young man dying in his own bed?
I highly recommend reading the series in order because with each book, you learn new information about Karen Seagate and Ryan Miner. In this book, we see the duo at odds with one another over how to approach suspects. These characters feel real to me and I don't like it when they argue with one another.
Warning: This book is for Mature Audience due to graphic sexual situations, violence, and adult language.
Top reviews from other countries
The crime is committed in the Prologue, described in enough detail to put the reader several steps ahead of the police by narrowing the number of suspects to the number of women who had had sex with the victim that evening. That throws into relief the number of possible permutations the police have to consider when starting from scratch in a murder investigation. We know many of those permutations are wide of the mark, but they don’t, not having read the prologue. Karen makes an observation near the end of the book: “If you’ve never been a cop, you’d be surprised how often you sit at your desk, knowing you don’t understand something but not knowing exactly where you went off track or how to get back on it.” That’s a key sentence.
I really enjoy the author’s dry humour. Introducing Robin, the Evidence Technician, Karen tells us: “She frequently changes the color of the streaks in her hair, the only rule being that the color must not appear in nature.” Describing a booth near the back of a Coffee Hut, Karen says it looked “like it was decorated by a couple of eighth-graders with a half hour and a budget of twenty bucks.” Concerning relationships, Karen comments: “It’s not that I think it’s important to be honest in a relationship or anything sensible like that.” Of the murdered victim she says: “I have no idea what – if anything – Austin was in love with, except maybe his own reflection in a pool.” Or how about: “Ryan is quite a bit smarter than me in almost every measurable way, but when it comes to infantile behaviour, he’s not in my league.”
Mike Markel is brutally frank about human weakness. “She was way past shallow, vain, thoughtless, and the rest of those other bad things we’d all admit to if we were being honest.” Referring to domestic violence cases, Karen says: “If she’s conscious, she’ll tell me what she did wrong. She bought the wrong kind of ketchup, or she was talking too loud on the phone when he was trying to watch football, or he saw her smile when she ran into the guy from down the street, or some other deadly sin.”
He provides readers with plenty of convincing detail to bring his characters and venues to life. He knows a good deal about police procedure and is interestingly familiar with the intricacies of University life. Above all, he writes very well, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in his series.
I believe that Seagate and Miner compliment each other in that Miner is quite calm whereas Seagate can run off at the deep end and sometimes does the opposite of what she has been told.
There is a lot of use of the word 'fu@k' throughout this book, but I thought it was warranted due to the nature of the storyline, so if this word offends you then this is not the book for you.
A really good enjoyable and interesting well-written mystery, add to this the interplay between the two main characters, this results in a very good read.
Flott geschrieben, mit überraschenden Wendungen und den von mir so sehr geschätzten Dialogen zwischen Seagate und Miner. Klare Leseempfehlung!