getting thin is murder - kindle coverEver been on a diet? Ever looked at someone at the beach or in a movie and said, “Wow, I’d die for that body.” Hmmm. Careful what you ask for.

Author Al W Moe brings characters to life in his private detective mystery Getting Thin is Murder. Set in Santa Barbara, California. Ex-ballplayer Blair Saxon makes a difficult and stilted transition to detective work, fighting real and imagined obstacles at every corner.

Best friend Megan, guides his thoughts and actions when she can, but Saxon’s got issues. He lacks a filter in public settings and his whit isn’t nearly as sharp as he thinks. So, he takes to investigating sideways, like a slow curve-ball, digging up more than he or Megan expect while fighting an over zealous police department.

The characters are well-motivated, if only slightly introspective, with the exception of Katarina, a tough local lawyer and as luck has it, Saxon’s sister. The pace is moderate to upbeat, building to an unexpected last few chapters that turn the story towards a surprise ending, but promising a sequel.

I’m reminded slightly of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in this novel with colorful main characters in the forefront and rather shadowy back characters lurking behind secrets, lies, and corporate B.S.

Unfortunately, the corporate issues revolve around an all-too true narrative where healthy, natural products aren’t always what they are cracked-up to be. Is it worth striving for the perfect body when getting it might kill you?

Getting Thin is Murder is available in Kindle and is a Kindle Unlimited book, so it’s free if you are a member. Give it a look!

Four Stars

 

 

 

HHow Speleology - book coverIf┬áthe title of Michael Bernhart’s latest book is confusing, don’t feel bad. Speleology is the study of caves and cave systems, and you already know about sex drives, but the snake? Well, I think Bernhart is selling himself short here because this is the third book in a four book series and it reads well, but the titles aren’t helping to get readers. That’s unfortunate, and while he almost lost me because of the cover, I did start reading the story, and it was interesting.

The truth is that How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive is a good clean (mostly) read about a family that travels to Georgia to hunt lost treasure left during the Civil War. It draws on a possibly true legend of lost gold and presents some characters with colorful back stories of their own.

Bernhart writes in first-person and the main character, Max, tells us about his wife Sally and their two twins, who somehow manage to convince their parents to go on the treasure hunt in the first place. Much of the story is tongue-in-cheek, although there are some serious issues involved when the foursome is forced to interact with the Ku Klux Klan, who is also searching for the same treasure. Needless to say, struggles ensue.

This is a 265-page, easy-reading book set in 1993. It’s available on Kindle for $2.99, and you are likely to enjoy the read.

Three Stars