- File Size: 3712 KB
- Print Length: 215 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 27, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08BYYGP16
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Trouble with San Francisco: A humorous, contemporary mystery (A Suite and Slain Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
More items to explore
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
But, I absolutely don't understand what Sam, the protagonist was thinking. She kept putting herself in situations which she was in danger of physical or sexual harm, then dusted herself off and got right back on the case. In order to ignore this kind of danger, I would expect her to have a serious investment in the case, but she doesn't. She's 'Doing it to help a friend'. She also uses the rationale that without money she'd be homeless...except she has a grandmother who offered her both a place to live and a job, a mother who was able to give her a loan without a problem, and a sister who would likely be able to help out a bit if times got rough. I understand not wanting to leech off your loved ones, but when your physical well-being is on the line, that excuse is pretty flimsy. When, at the end of the book, she was asked why she kept going, Sam's answer was 'San Francisco. I just can't let it go." I was so glad someone asked her for her rationale, but this answer was such a let down; it may have greater meaning to a San Fransiscan, but to an outsider, it didn't have any weight.
Other questions that ate at me:
Seriously, why didn't Tanya just track her husband's phone?
Why did Slain talk like he was in the 1940s?
When Sam thought Slain had tried to kill her at the baths, why did she immediately go confront him? (HE WAS TRYING TO KILL YOU!!)
Why was Slain working the job in the first place? I understand at the end he was trying to extort Patrick, but he had to get on the case for some reason, but nobody was paying him, and PI's aren't known for doing Pro Bono work.
What was up with the 'Time-Travelling' hobo? Does Sam just befriend homeless people?
And 2 other notes: 1) Having both the hotties that asked Sam out not actually want to date her was a bit redundant. 2) Having the cop show up at the end because Sam butt-dialed him was a bit cheap, usually you don't want to have your character be saved by coincidence.
This is by far the longest book review I've written, which I guess says something. This book really was enjoyable, but could be outstanding if some of the loose ends were tied.
She believes her luck has changed for the better when she chances upon an alternative unusual opportunity. Tanya thinks her husband is having an affair. She employs Samantha to be her private investigator, although, of course, she has no previous experience in detective work. And it is by no means straightforward.
This story is a mystery full of humour and intrigue. The book is fast-paced, and it is well-structured.
Characterisation is arty and quirky. The lead character, Samantha, is likeable, in a Bridget Jones kind of way, and we see her grow in stature as she learns from her sleuth escapades and the story progresses. Psychedelic hippie, Grams, is a good foil for the gritty more menacing "criminals" who turn up in the plot; there is no dark corner of society that hides in this tale. We have Satanists, Sado-Masochists, Drug Addicts, Murderers. At the same time, the comedy provides much-needed light relief.
I loved the descriptions of San Francisco, which is a kind of character in the book. The references to Sam Spade and Film Noir are witty in their self-consciousness.
The dialogue comes across as believable.
The elements woven into the story about Samantha's "romantic life" are cleverly deceptive, so that the revelations and dramatic climax towards the end of the book are all the more enjoyable , surprising and satisfying.
I loved the ways in which this skilled author balanced the different elements of the story to create this page turner.
Ambrose, Adrianne. The Trouble with San Francisco: A humorous, contemporary mystery (A Suite and Slain Mystery Book 1) (p. 215). Kindle Edition.
Ambrose, Adrianne. The Trouble with San Francisco: A humorous, contemporary mystery (A Suite and Slain Mystery Book 1) (p. 4). Kindle Edition.