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1/ It shows the main characters – Dawn and Rafe – handling more than one case – a more realistic portrayal of police work as many city cops often have five or six open cases on their desk all the time.
2/ It was free.
1/ It’s a serial killer novel, which means the difference between this one and every other serial killer novel ever written is . . . Wait for it . . . Nothing! They all have so many things in common, they are virtually interchangeable. But I’ll give Prelatte kudos for having a slightly different motive driving the bad guy.
2/ Prelatte uses an omniscient POV and head-hops for character to character freely, which can throw the reader out of the flow of the story. The only author I ever read who could do this so smoothly it went unnoticed was Tom Clancy.
3/ The writing is stiff in many places, as if Prelatte was writing this book in 1938 instead of 2018, making for awkward reading. In many places, too, it is over-simplified, as if geared toward a young teen reader.
4/ Some things that don’t need long explanations get them while things needing deeper explanations are glossed over.
5/ Dawn’s husband is wealthy, which makes it too easy for her and her partner to accomplish things they need to do. That he and the rest of his family are always there with whatever resources she needs to move things along is unrealistic. The ability of other characters (like his mother) to get anything they want (a full catered custom meal delivered a few hours later) with just a phone call is unrealistic as well.
6/ There are side stories and sub-plots (the one about Dawn’s husband and his friend for one) that I think are meant to flesh out the characters but only detract from the main story.
7/ I really don’t care about the décor of a room, what colors were picked, and what the overall effect was.
8/ There was no correlation between the title and the book.
I won’t be back for the next book in the series.
This is a well-done story with an interesting plot and plausible but not obvious resolutions to the mysteries, including a VERY old mystery that no one expected to solve. The best feature of the book, though, is the people. I call them “people” rather than “characters”, because I had the feeling of reading dialogue that real people might actually say and actions that real people might take in the same circumstances (given their personalities. After all, there IS a serial killer in the book!). It avoids many of the clichés of the genre. For example, there is a male-female cop duo that does NOT bristle with sexual tension; Dawn Cimarron is happily married, and her partner Rafe Melbourne is a good friend of the family. Very nice and normal. Not that there weren’t surprises---the author hooked me right off the bat when, at the conclusion to Chapter One the “nice” guy turns out to be the bad guy and vice versa.
The action scenes are well-done and not over-done either in quantity or drama.
The good people of Montpelier, Colorado, are too nice for me to wish them ill, but I have to admit that I hope there will be enough wrongdoing that we will hear a lot more of the adventures of Cimarron and Melbourne.
This story kept me engaged and interested enough to keep turning the pages wanting to find out what happens next. In the kindle version I read, the chapters and the story did not flow as well as it could have been. I was thinking while I was reading that the chapters were jumbled up as the story line went in one direction and than the next chapter went of on another tangent and the characters did not make any reference to what was discussed in the previous chapter as if they did not know this information. I also felt that maybe this was book 2 in the series and I missed reading book 1 where all the characters and background had been explained in more depth. Overall I enjoyed this book. 3 stars.