Enigma

Rated 4.00/5 based on 10 reviews
Dick Love is a 42-year-old detective from New York now living and working in London. And if given the choice he’d just as soon stay alive. He has a pregnant boxer relying on it. More
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Words: 121,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301264605
About Wolf Black

Rosemary Bach-Holzer (aka Wolf Black) has an award voted fortuitously for her by the readers of a fan-based retro gaming magazine for which she wrote humorous articles and reviews. The prize was a reluctant write-up by its editor who determined someone else should have won the accolade.

Happily he was alone in his conviction.

Rosemary claims to be an aficionado when it comes to the controversial illness/disability/condition known as ME or CFS. It's been her closest companion since 1989. But pity her not! Personally she's delighted she's competent in something.

Rosemary also writes under her maiden name Rosemary Bach and her mystery crime writer's pseudonym, Wolf Black.

Reviews

Review by: Areal on Sep. 12, 2014 :
I couldn't agree more with diane2014. Page after page description of their designer clothes and its cost and how Stuart looked like a model etc etc left me very frustrated and I found myself jumping several paragraphs, sometimes pages even to get to the real story at hand! Nobody cares about this lengthy description and it only leaves the reader confused and frustrated!
Editing would do a lot of good to your story!
Thanks.
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Review by: diane2014 on May 04, 2014 :
I completely agree with David Howells' and Clair Roxanna's reviews below. This book could have done with serious editing. First of all, I did like the characters; good pairing between Love and Struart. I liked the story. I liked the dog to give Love some humanity. I liked the investigation. What I did not like was page after page of designer labels and cost (who cares) too much detail. It's enough to describe a few items of clothing to get the idea that someone is well-dressed or not. You don't have to describe what someone is wearing in every scene. And that goes for room descriptions as well. I'd read several pages where I'd realize nothing happened except someone took off their coat. So I ended up skipping a lot of description to get through it. I did not like the number of times you describe getting on and off an elevator in exactly the same way, or Love taking out a cigarette and his lighter the same way. I couple of times is enough. It was like you had written these paragraphs and dropped them in every so often as filler. Therefore you could have pared it down to a 250 page book and tightened it up and it would have really improved it. Also very bad editing, for instance the scars were on the victims stomach, but were on her chest in another page. Where Carol's name should have been in a paragraph, Monica's name was inserted. These things left me very frustrated, because you had the makings of very good story, and I would like to see the team of Love and Stuart show up again, but PLEASE leave out all the extraneous and repetitive filler, it only bogged down the story.
For the characters and story I would give it five stars, but with all the negatives I mentioned, I would have to lower it to three stars. I hope you take the time to edit and redo it, and I would look forward to reading the second in a series.
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Review by: Bob on Dec. 05, 2013 :
Apart from the choice of the main characters name I thought it a very good story. It gradually builds as the two detectives try and capture a killer who has killed two women and it seems very likely there will be more victims if the killer is not caught soon.
The two main characters detectives Love and Le Fanu work well together one being an American who has lived in England for a while and the other a traditional English man. The way the detectives are described is unusual in the sense that a lot of time is spent describing their dress sense and the value of their clothing. Although I initially thought that this would distract from the story it in fact made it a lot better and gave a whole new slant on the story making the characters seem more human. I also liked the introduction of the dog which helped even more and allowed me to relate to the two detectives. In fact I thought all the characters worked well as did the descriptions of the locations.
Although not an all action story but one of dogged investigation with the detectives not only using their instincts but having to find the evidence. In the end all comes to a satisfying conclusion and if there are more in the series I will read them.
So why didn’t I like detective Love’s name, well all though it is correctly written with a capital letter phrases such as “What is it, Love?” just did not sound right. Just me I think.
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Review by: Daphne Lewis on Aug. 30, 2013 :
Crime isn't my usual choice of book but I found this one once started hard to leave., although some of it was a bit scary for me. It kept me guessing right up to the end who did it. I enjoyed the character of Love who had mannerisms which reminded me of someone I knew, which made it all the more interesting for me. The description of wearing apparel helped to visualise the persons involved throughout the story. I admired the vigilance of the detective and assistant in their work .
I would definitely recommend this as an enjoyable read.
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Review by: Kimberly von Ruffin on July 31, 2013 :
This book was very difficult to put down once I started reading. The characters kept developing throughout the whole book which made everything unpredictable.
My favorite character was Detective Love. Once he’s on the case he just cannot let go. I also enjoyed Le Fanu right at his side the whole way, I was able to see the lengths they would go to in protecting each other and how close they were.
The ending was perfect, no stone unturned!
I highly recommend this book, just be careful, once you start you may not be able to put it down. I hope there will be a sequel.
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Review by: David Howells on July 20, 2013 :
Well, you've definitely garnered interest. I'm the 5th to review your book. Since the rest are brief, I'll wax pedantic, in case you're looking for constructive criticism. First, you are commended in doing your homework regarding the topography of London, the personality of the city, and minutiae regarding the regional constabulary. Though it earned you your main criticism, one still has to agree that you have a knowledge of clothing and costs that most don't share (from the critiques, it's obvious that most don't want to share). I feel you had a good story line, good character development, had a handle on foreshadowing as well as dropping the tantalizing red herring, and you managed an exciting climax. Sexuality was handled without pornography, and that appeals to me. If you aren't burnt out on this effort, I feel a rewrite would make the story a real hit. My suggestions include deleting probably eighty percent of the clothing commentary and evaluation, and have someone review your wording (for example, there was one paragraph where six sentences started with 'he'). Might want to check your formatting, as I kept getting different fonts (on two computers, using two different download techniques). Congratulations, though, on a huge effort. Don't let the grumps get you down. Most of your readers think you've got talent, including me. I'm giving 4 stars. Redo it, and I've no doubt but that 5 will be the general rule.
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Review by: Annemarie Watson on July 16, 2013 :
Here is an example of one of the best crime novels that I've read in years! There are many examples of great text throughout the book, once you started it is hard to put down. 5*
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Review by: Clair Roxanna on July 13, 2013 :
My interest in Enigma steadily declined from the start and I quit at 31%. There is too much filler and the author seems to be obsessed with designer labels. She told the designer name, price and location where the article was purchased until it was boring. On my last page Love took off his Austin Reed Donegal jacket after he'd dropped his Samuel Windsor linen jacket at the cleaners but still got away without his Peter Christian navy woollen Reefer. Well lottie da. I couldn't care less. What I do want to know is that he took off his jacket. I don't care that he went to the cleaners or didn't wear his heavy coat. All this does is slow the story down and cause snoring. Kindness gets it a 3.0 rating.
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Review by: tomtom vicky on July 10, 2013 :
Enigma was a very thrilling read. I liked the car chase. But I also like how they found Monica's car. I enjoyed reading the book totally.
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Review by: Old Grouch on July 09, 2013 :
The book is well written. For my taste, there is a little too much time spent in describing clothes and costs.

Nevertheless, it is a very enjoyable book.
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