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Death by Haggis

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An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarterfinalist, Death by Haggis is a tongue in cheek detective novel inspired by the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the "opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels."

Until the day Jane Hamchester walked into his squalid office, the highlight of Detective Sam Barlow's life had been a particularly good tuna sandwich. Now he is charge
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Create Space (available on Amazon) (first published March 20th 2012)
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Laura
Mar 13, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Jay, the author of this book, sent me an email a while back saying he'd just started on my novel "Pickles and Ponies: A Fairy-Tale". He's since read it and written a lovely review, and I absolutely appreciate him as a person. However, my knowing Jay has in no way affected my review, and likewise, in no way does my review reflect on him as a person.

I COULD NOT finish this book. It made me so miserable that I barely know where to start. I DNF'd at 10% after spending a couple of months trying to re
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Robin
Jun 17, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
Recommended by Better Homes and Gargoyles? Yes!

I knew I was going to like this book the minute I laid eyes on the first chapter title: A Tuna Sandwich, A Redhead and a Magnum

Sam Barlow, private eye, “had no time for beautiful, intelligent, sensitive dames who desperately needed his help. Ok, ok, he did have time.” Soon Sam and his new client, "Jane," are on their way to the pub to talk about her problem. “… I think someone is trying to kill me,” she says. Barlow grabs her by the arm and yanks he
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S.I. Hayes
Jul 09, 2015 S.I. Hayes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 131-reviews
This book is certainly a fun turn of events, that keeps you wondering when the next piano is going to drop.

I'm not kidding about the piano drops either! Seriously Author Jay Cutts' writing style is reminiscent of Douglas Adams. The Author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where in it is intelligently focused in a nonsensical way of putting the story across. The flow and heavy use of simile and metaphor make for great laughs and better imagery.
Richard Wolkomir
Mar 23, 2016 Richard Wolkomir rated it it was amazing
This slapstick fantasy/mystery is a hoot--it starts like an S.J. Perelman screenplay for the Marx Brothers, with a Woody Allen booster shot. Amid verbal pyrotechnics, we meet an NYC private eye, a trifle dim, and his client: she wants to know who's trying to kill her. Pianos fall. Grenades fly. After that, things settle a bit, our hero off to the Scottish Highlands. Little People. Thick Gaelic accents. Then it's Greece and the Aegean, the wine-dark seas swarming with suspects. An evil twin. ...more
Sorin Suciu
Apr 23, 2015 Sorin Suciu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, fantasy
I’m glad this book found me.
The plot, the writing, and the characters – they are all imperfect. It is, I must rush to clarify, the same kind of imperfection that gives jazz its beauty.
“Death by Haggis” is best enjoyed in small portions. If you rush things out you might miss out on a lot of fine jokes and witty nuggets of wisdom.
Whatever you do, make sure you read the acknowledgements before delving into the actual book, for they contain the key on how this book should be read. Without them, th
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James Bizzell
May 30, 2016 James Bizzell rated it it was amazing
This rollicking novel follows a nebbishy detective who tries to protect a pure-hearted woman and finds himself swept up in a series of events that may change the course of human history. And that’s no hyperbole! The story is charmingly spiced with lots of wordplay and bits of philosophical whimsy as it hops from one outrageous misadventure or character to the next. There’s an evil twin, a psychologist who talks and charges like a prostitute, a hilariously uninterested boat captain, and even a ...more
Melissa ownsbey
Jul 21, 2015 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing
the cover was cute
I liked it very much was fun fast read
very very entrtaining it reminds me of some thing
edgar alan oe would write
Jay Cutts
Jan 14, 2013 Jay Cutts rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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