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my first five star revue for my new book

By
Rich H. (Warren, MI USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Evil and Everglades (Paperback)
This fourth Kip Yardley mystery is interesting on several different levels.

First, and foremost: It's a good story. Kip's Florida vacation takes a lethal turn when one of his new friends wins the lottery and is murdered the following day. The situation quickly escalates into a tangled, deadly mess involving billionaires, hackers, politicians, beach bums, the Miami AND New York Mafia, and a bitchin' '62 Austin-Healey. Yardley has to find the murderer of the jackpot winner, find the missing winning ticket, and figure out just why the Mafia is apparently, oddly, trying to make sure that ticket is *never* found, all while saving his own skin from bloody mob vengeance.

I'm not by any means a mystery buff, but as with the other two Yardley novels I've read, by the halfway point of this book I was losing sleep to find out What Happens Next and figure out Whodunit. (I didn't. I never do.) I've no idea whether a hardcore mystery fan would consider this series challenging, but for those less experienced in the genre these books are quite accessible.

Second: As is Kip himself, most of the major characters in this story are well into middle age. This is unusual in stories of this kind to start with, but the author manages to make us forget about their ages while keeping the action believable in that context. As someone who's nudging into middle age himself, I find this quite cool.


Don Yarber

20th April 2013


Third: Along the same lines, Yarber also manages to pull off something quite unusual, at least within the scope of my own reading: creating a fair amount of sexual tension (the resolution of which is left to the reader's imagination; also unusual) between Kip and a much younger female protagonist without making it seem even the slightest bit inappropriate or creepy. In the last few literary situations like this I've encountered, the authors could not resist throwing in a little (or, in one case, a lot of) Lolita complex. Here, however, we have a man and woman who clearly "click," for whom the thirty-plus-year age difference is pretty much irrelevant. Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but it's nice to see characters dealing with the May-December thing like grown-ups for a change.

And fourth: This is the longest Yardley novel to date, and those added pages are put to good use in bringing out the human side of our hero. Kip has been developed well as a character in the earlier novels, but this time around we get the chance to see what he sees and feel what he feels in a way that never quite jelled in the other books. And you know what? He's an okay guy. He's someone you'd actually want to hang out with... OFF-duty, anyway; when wearing his P.I. hat, there are times when the people around Kip Yardley have a *very* short life expectancy.

All of the Kip Yardley books are Good Reads, but this one is probably the best of the bunch. Five stars.


Don Yarber

20th April 2013


Congratulations Don! You deserve it.


Cindy Beitinger

20th April 2013


What a wonderful review Don...Congratulations! And I wish you every success with all of your books.


Davide Castel

21st April 2013


Well done.must have brought a smile to your face. :)


Paul Day

21st April 2013


Awesome Don, I am so glad for you, hope you get a lot more of those.


Deborah Boydston

21st April 2013


Awesome! That review makes me very happy for you. You go, Buddy! Just keep it up Don! I'm happy for you and your success! It's actually quite inspiring! So cool! Keep on doing what you're doing my friend! You deserve it!


Daniel Bird

21st April 2013


Congratulations Don!


Daniela Bustamante

22nd April 2013


Well deserved!! The Kip Yardley series is great, Don!


Warren Gates

25th April 2013


Don I have placed a link to your video on the scribeslice YouTube channel. :)


Paul Day

26th April 2013


Thanks Paul, I appreciate it very much. I'm not very computer litereate. Thanks, too, to all who posted. I appreciate your comments and good wishes more than you know.


Don Yarber

25th April 2013


I like it. It's done very well.


Asma Ahsan

26th April 2013


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