I enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Charlie Parker, is a likeable character and I enjoyed reading about her adventures in her first foray as an investigator (she usually preferes to do the bookkeeping in her and her brother's PI agency). But, when her ex-best-friend needs her help, Charlie steps in. This book is written in the first person and I like that the character is "normal" with no excessive self-analysis, preoccupations, angst or whining. She's just a person doing a [good] job and gets that job done. The plot was Very engrossing and there were sufficient suspects to keep me wondering "whodunit" to the end. It was also a quick read with no parts that bogged down. This is not a new book/series, but it is new to me and I am glad to find another modern detective series.
Thanks to Connie Shelton's participation in e-book week, I downloaded this novel for free. Actually, during e-book week, the first three novels in the series were free, so I downloaded them all and I'm now halfway through the second. There are 10 in all, plus a holiday novella and a new one is coming out this summer.
In fact, I liked this first novel so much that I bought the remaining books as I think I'll continue to enjoy the series. So, great marketing strategy by the author: Offer well-written books for free to try to "hook" a [new] reader. :-) So, based on this first book, I willingly fell for this strategy ... and I think they are well worth the $4.99 Smashwords price.
So, Connie, if you are reading this: Great books and thanks for the gift of the first three books!
I got this book during Read an E-Book Week (March 2010). I took this long to write a review because, well, I got a LOT of books that week - and I just got to/finished this one.
I liked it.
I don't have the training to fully describe why I like this book (and, truthfully, I don't have the urge). I just know that I enjoyed reading about the world of Ether and the main characters. Simply put, it was a story that kept my attention from beginning to end; it was a very entertaining read.
Out of the 50+ books I downloaded [and read] during e-book week, this is the second one I am going to keep on my permanent e-book shelf - and recommend to others. In fact, I am stopping here to write the review on my way to my shopping cart to buy more books from this author.
In fact, Kristine, if you please: More stories set in the world of Ether would be nice. As in - what exactly is going on in the black fog? How far DOES the maze go (and what are the properties of the fungus)? IS there anything beyond the mountains surrounding the known civilization? I'd being willing to go along with you as you answer these questions...
Lastly, Kristine, thanks for making this book available for free download. A very nice gift - and one I'd highly recommend people read.
I downloaded a lot of books from here (Smashwords) in March, thanks to e-book week. I've been steadily working my way through them. I could not finish most of them.
This one was different. The plot was believable, the storyline was well-crafted and the dialogue was realistic.
I think the scariest part about this book is its believability. I can see how a secret agency could take advantage of Carolyn Whitcomb and others like her.
Take a look at this book. The author does a great job in building the characters and making you care what happens to them.