Like with most people, I am a fan of murder/mystery television shows. I grew up watching Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Murder She Wrote and other...moreLike with most people, I am a fan of murder/mystery television shows. I grew up watching Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Murder She Wrote and other shows of that genre. The unusual thing, however, is that. I seldom pick up a book in the same genre. I suppose I like the visuals of everything. However, when Kelly Miller reached out and asked if I would be interested in reading her book, I readily agreed because I wanted something different than the historical tomes that I am usually reading like a madwoman.
Boy, am I glad that I did! This book is a page turner and has all the twists and turns you hope for. I read this in three hours–that’s how good it was. I really connected with the book because it’s based in Tampa Bay, not far from where I live. Hearing Ybor City, Channelside, Florida Aquarium amongst other locales was amusing to me because I could picture all of it perfectly. However, even if you’ve never been, Ms. Miller’s descriptions are vivid enough for you to envision it in your mind. Her mentioning the temperatures in July made me laugh because anyone in this area knows what she means. The day has barely begun and already you’ll be sweating your brains out!
I didn’t read ‘Dead Like Me’,the first book in the series, however, this was great as a standalone novel. I’ll definitely check out ‘Dead Like Me’ and I look forward to the next book as well. While I admit I wish the main characters had a little more depth to them, I still liked them a lot. There was enough banter and humor to counterbalance the seriousness, so if you find yourself chuckling at something Kate has said, don’t be surprised. I loved the end of the book. (I did not see that coming!) The whole thing felt like a roller coaster. (A good one, I promise!) You’d think that things were going to progress one way but then they’d turn and do a loop-de-loop. Bloody fantastiç!
I look forward to book three in the Kate Springer series.(less)
I hate when there is crazy hype for a book and when you open the book, it falls flat within the first few pages. However, I went on a bit more in the...moreI hate when there is crazy hype for a book and when you open the book, it falls flat within the first few pages. However, I went on a bit more in the hopes that it would improve. I thought perhaps that it was just me being fussy (which does happen) and it would get better. It didn’t. I found that it got worse. I’m glad I didn't pay for the hardcover tome that I recieved because if I had, I would have returned it. As it is, I'll probably donate it to the local library. I don’t even want it on my shelf. The only character in the book who I liked at all was Rose; however, whilst this book was meant to be hilarious and was hyped up to be, it was not. In fact, I found the obsessive mentions of bodily functions and the racism too overpowering to be entertaining. Yes, I understand that this book is based in the 1920’s and racism was common. However, I felt maybe the author should have covered it in a way that didn't make me feel like that was just his personal feelings.
I felt that he (Andrew Lewis Conn) tried too hard at times. He also used ridiculous words and phrasings that didn't need to be used at all. He made me feel like he went to college and learned all of them and needed to show off that he knows big words. They’re tripe. Absolutely unnecessary in the long haul. Also, back up off the similes. I don’t think they were meant to be used as often as are used.
There’s not much more I can say beyond that I’m not going to recommend this book to anyone and I hope the library finds people who’ll enjoy it.(less)