- File Size: 3756 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: booksBnimble Mysteries Thrillers and Suspense (November 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CIE5M72
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
True-Life Adventure (Paul Mcdonald Mystery #1) (The Paul Mcdonald Series) Kindle Edition
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The author does not go into depth on character backgrounds, and even the postlude is skimpy. The setting is San Francisco, and we don't even get any descriptive detail about that area.
Sorry to say this book didn't do much for me.
No, that's not how the publishing process works. Don't make your readers suffer through a poorly edited book and then offer to pay them a puny amount of money for doing the job you should have done before publishing it. That's what editors are for.
Readers, don't waste your time or money for a book whose author doesn't go out of his way to ensure you you enjoy his book.
Of course, what sounds like a winning combination does not always provide satisfaction. Fortunately, Drew delivers the goods.
I particularly enjoyed comments about being a reporter:
“You’ve heard about journalists burning themselves out? Too much true-life adventure is what does it. Making things up saves a lot of wear and tear.” (Explaining why writing mysteries is better than journalism…a point I do not entirely agree with.)
“I plunged in, hoping she wasn’t talented enough to get a writing job and ruin her life.” (Making a point about how self-destructive a writing life can be.)
“…Susanna was a journalist, and it was probably no accident she’d become one— she was just like all the others I knew. The thing she hated worst was not knowing something.” (A common trait of reporters: an insatiable curiosity.)
“Journalism’s a dirty job and all that, but it has its cheap little thrills.” (An understatement about some of the high points of the job.)
“He just couldn’t understand why anyone in the world wouldn’t want to talk to a reporter any time of the day or night. Newspaper folks are funny that way.” (True.)
I should also comment on the plot; after all, this is a mystery. So, here goes…
The story is just fine. A mystery fan who isn’t even an ex-reporter will not be disappointed.
In an adventure that takes him from San Francisco, to the California ranch land, to the Grand Canyon, drew with the help of a new love, begins to unravel crimes of greed and personal glory.
Jump on this roller coaster of read! Forget your phone! Grab your snacks and call in sick if you have to!
A mystery isn't my first choice of a story, but changing up every so often is a good thing.
I quite liked the development of the main characters. Can't say the same for the "bad" ones. lol
Nice twist to the usual plot: a 'getting over the hill', big guy who's not in the best of shape. He was/is a reporter, novelist and ghost writer that finds himself in the thick of things when the PI he was ghostwriting for is murdered. Obligatory hostile dumb cop.
And that's all i'll say so as not to tell any spoilers.