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by Kate Clark Flora

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Kate Clark Flora
ISBN: 0786291931
ISBN13: 978-0786291939
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Pr (January 9, 2007)
Pages: 575
Fb2 eBook: 1133 kb
ePub eBook: 1623 kb
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Comments to eBook Playing God: A Joe Burgess Mystery (Thorndike Press Large Print)
Bine
I liked the book...mostly. It is good police procedural with a good plot line. A much disliked Dr. Pleasant is murdered and Joe Burgess is the lead detective in the hunt to find the killer. My first quibble starts with Burgess. I just didn't like him at all. To read endlessly about his personal tragedies, his bitterness, his depressive attitude got pretty boring. These days ALL detectives and PIs have HORRENDOUS happenings in their past lives which RUINS THEM FOREVER. Tiresome. There has got to be a somewhat normal, usually good tempered detective somewhere in literature. The second quibble is the injection of a multitude of red herrings. So many that you figured out the murderous culprit quite easily because there was no one left.

I might read a sequel or I might not. Endlessly depressing characters are....depressing.
Mikale
First, while I have no connection to the author, I received a free copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review.

My honest opinion is that the book is "okay." It's well-enough written that the odd flaws didn't make me want to put it down, and I would probably read the next in the series if it fell in my lap, but those same odd flaws did take me out of the story enough to be distracting.

There are several plot points about the murder investigation that are left dangling-- I can give one example without spoiling: money from the crime scene is missing and the lead detective is naturally bothered by this. Later, someone just says offhandedly, "Oh, we found the money." That's it. It apparently wasn't part of the plot at all, so why bring it up? There are other examples but I don't want to spoil anything. However, one of the examples could have made a difference in the handling of the case if the detective had not just left it dangling, and I had to try a bit too hard to suspend disbelief there.

The author writes nearly every female character as a sex-starved decoration for the men to talk about like boys in a junior-high locker room. Every waitress has big boobs and wants to flaunt them, coming on to one or more of the men in the group in front of all the other men. Every woman, even the elderly lady, wants to flirt with or be flirted with by the main character (who is 30 or 40 pounds overweight and cynical), and nearly every woman uses that flirting to manipulate the men around her. It's not as bad or misogynistic as it sounds here, but it got old and jarred me out of the story every time it came up.

The author uses pronouns in a very confusing manner, sometimes to the point of not making sense without a second pass. I understood that "he" was most of the time going to refer to the main character, but when there are two males interacting, who is doing or saying what has to be made a little more clear. Even if you're not one of the grammar police, it's distracting to have to try to figure out who is who in a paragraph.

Bottom line, the book was an okay read. I rolled my eyes a few times, but I was still interested enough to stick around for the end.
adventure time
This series is a pleasant surprise.
I have a hard time finding things to read. I enjoy John Sandford probably above all currently working authors that I know of. I like Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. I have read everything Robert Crais has written and still have mixed feelings about him. So that's my taste range.
This is the first of a series that I decided I might like, and I do.
Joe Burgess was a joy right off the bat. He's not a tall, dark, and handsome, highly athletic, brilliant and witty star. He's an aging, overweight, grumpy, plodding cop with a sore knee and a jerk for a boss. He's also a force of nature. Once Joe gets hold of a case it's not getting loose.
Kate Flora writes with clear language. She says what she wants to say without waste. I find her writing to be refreshing, her characters believable and differing.
Sometimes Joe's semi-depressive nature gets to be a little much, but I'm pretty sure I will read this entire, rather long series.
Wyameluna
Actually, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, and I have purchased book two and three of this series. Kate Flora creates a realistic, gruff yet very likeable protagonist who is so thoroughly believable that you feel like you know him. Her characterization throughout the book is incredibly well-done.

For me to like a book, the characters have to come to life. It doesn't matter if there is lots of great action if the characters aren't fleshed out and interesting. So, for me to comment on great characterization is one of my strongest compliments. The story line is interesting, too,and challenges you, so that you want to keep reading.

All in all, Kate Flora is an author I will continue to read and enjoy. She is a very natural writer, enough so that I can get lost in the story and not assess the writing. I would have to give her a 5-star rating. I am now on her second book and enjoying that one immensely as well!
Ckelond
This would be a good mystery novel for someone who's looking for coarse characters, constant referring to male/female body parts, continuous dropping of the f bomb, etc. I read 22% of the book, hoping the author could find words with more than four letters. The main character was interesting, but I didn't want to wade through the cursing to find out what happened to him. Not everybody in the world, as those in this book, need to use that kind of language on a day to day basis. Just not to my taste.
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