Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review This Doesn't Happen In The Movies

This Doesn't Happen in the Movies by Renee Pawlish
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Indi November 3, 2011 226 pages
Rating: 👍 👍 👍 👍 4 out of 5

The first in a series, Reed Ferguson is a man with a trust fund and has a father who wants him to get a real job. Reed, a big fan of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, decides to hang a private detective shingle outside his door. In walks his first client. He's swept off his feet and wonders what would Bogie do?

Think of a cozy mystery, but instead of a woman being your main character, you've got Reed. And there are no recipes. Just like a guy, he spends a fair amount down at the pool hall doing... well drinking and playing pool with no one. To be fair, he's a good guy and doesn't take advantage of his client in her constant drunken phase. It's a quick read. I finished it in one day. There were times I got bored because I didn't get the music references so I wasn't able to get the mood setting the author was trying for. And then there is that little tidbit about not having to be licensed in Colorado to be a PI. Yeah, you do. It isn't much, but you still have to be fingerprinted and background check. I know, it's just fiction, but it sticks out and makes the story less plausible.

With that said, I still enjoyed the ride. I really liked his side-kick Cal, an introvert who rarely leaves his house and is a wiz when it comes to computers. And I liked the boys downstairs, Ace and Deuce with their big brother Bob.

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