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Book Review: ‘Vic Boyo, Doofus Detective’ by Milo James Fowler

Title: Vic Boyo, Doofus Detective in: Double Murders are Twice as Bad

Published: 15th March 2018

Publisher: Effervescent Press

Author: Milo James Fowler

 

Blurb:

Two murders. One detective. Half a brain.

1931, New York City: Detective Vic Boyo may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but that doesn’t stop him from solving cases as only he can. With a little luck and a whole lot of gumption, Boyo sets out to find the murderer of a local cop. Problem is, Boyo’s more interested in a gorgeous femme fatale accused of killing her husband. She’s destined for the electric chair, but Boyo’s got a hunch she might be innocent. And nobody gets in the way of Boyo’s hunches, not even Vic Boyo himself.

 

Review:

He might not be the best detective around – don’t tell him that – but he does seem to get results. This may be more to do with potluck and others than the skills he possess though. If Vic Boyo is on the case looks like it might, in a round about way, get solved.

Maria Merryface has been charged with killing her husband and Vic Boyo is on the case to clear her name – not that he is meant to be. Stepping in too fast could have been the reason his partner Bill was taken out of the equation or was there another reason? Two murders to solve and it seems Bill and Maria’s husband were connected – gambling and booze too much. Owing debts you can’t pay may get you killed, but who made the first move?

Boyo is just a magnet for trouble wherever he goes, or even if he stays at his home/office (which he mentions, a lot). He doesn’t do too well with kids but one seems to remind him of his younger self so helps him, and visa versa, when the need arises. His receptionist definitely deserves a raise for all the crazy stuff she has to deal with that follows Boyo around like a bad smell. Mostly after he gets a phone call to meet some place new which tends to equal danger and high chance of getting shot at.

Question: if you know you have a hit out on yourself would you go to a warehouse alone in the middle of the night? No, me neither, seems Boyo didn’t get the memo. Clues coming at him but not quite figuring them out fast enough. Booze ring in the prohibition era – who is playing who and how is it connected to the two murders? JoJo Fenenmen and Marty O’Sheeny are mob bosses who deal in booze and more, but are they the only players?

Boyo thinks very highly of himself and can’t always see how others might view him. He might think he is the best detective but that has more to do with mistakes he makes that help him stumble onto clues than really figuring them out first. Funny how he always gets into tricky situations with one leading right onto the next. He might crack the case wide open but in the meantime he will continue to be the doofus detective not seeing everything right in front of him. Humour throughout with what he gets into so is an interesting read that takes you along the crazy ride with him. Car chases, bullets flying, fires catching and a different mob boss calling the shots at each turn. Which way will Boyo go and will he get out unscathed? A witty read that’s worth checking out.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘McCall & Company: Emboozlement’ by Rich Leder

Title: McCall & Company: Emboozlement

Published: 8th September 2017

Publisher: Laugh Riot Press

Author: Rich Leder

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorRichardLeder

 

Synopsis:

ONE SLIPPERY SPORTS BAR EMBEZZLER
TWO DEAD DECADENT DIVORCE LAWYERS
MCCALL & COMPANY ON THE CASE

PI Kate McCall was warned to stay home, stay put, and stay out of NYPD business. But someone is killing Lowry Lowe lawyers, and Kate is sure her father’s murderer is pulling the trigger. At the same time, former Major League relief pitcher Steve “Blue” Stark wants her to catch the crook embezzling big bucks from his West Side sports bar.

Kate can’t help but get in the game.

The problem is the killer is cluing her in before murdering each lawyer and she’s falling for Blue as fast as he’s becoming her prime suspect.

Can Kate and her crackpot crew catch her father’s killer before all the lawyers are dead? And will she find real love with dreamboat Blue? Or will she have to lock him up for stealing his own money?

If she comes through the kidnappings, she might beat the odds.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book over 400 pages. This might be the third book in the series but I didn’t feel too lost with who everyone was as it felt like a story in its own right.

So Kate took over her father Jimmy’s PI business after he was murdered. Just a bit of a difference from her day job of being an actor. She now has to do double the work with the cases sent over. Detective Lew Logan however isn’t always keen on her taking cases. Mainly when the investigation leads to her father’s case, which he wants her to stay out of for her own safety. The thing is that she knows she getting close to figuring out who the killer is, mainly due to the fact said killer has tried to kill her twice. Will she catch them before her time is up?

Now with being an actor and part of D-Cup drama productions she has others at her disposal to help her out with cases. The fact that they, along with herself, are good with disguises and accents makes it so much better to get close to clients to figure things out. Also good to play multiple players within the same game.

First case is with Blue who owns a bar and wants her to go undercover to figure out who is stealing from him. He thinks he knows who but needs to find proof. Could they be looking in the wrong direction? Always follow the money. If in doubt torture by show tune is one way to get information. The second case is not as safe as her father’s killer likes to torment her but texting her clues to figure out about his next target. This time it’s a partner at Lowry Lowe law firm. Two married couples with a lot of tension between them. Who would benefit most for one to be taken out? Can she figure out the target before it’s too late?

It’s time to go undercover for two cases. With killer and embezzlement cases coming together quickly the need for creating characters grows. One role down and onto the next when the answers they find don’t lead them to where they want to go. Let’s see which one she cracks first and if she gets caught out in her ruses. Getting close to Blue in the meantime isn’t too much of a hardship as passion soon starts to follow.

Logan is always wanting Kate as far from his case as possible but she ends up there anyway. Interesting dynamic between them. She infuriates him, always on his shit list but seem to work well together when the time comes and she has clues needed to fill in the blanks. She’s not stepping away from the case for personal reasons but also because the killer won’t let her. Aside from the fact he texts her in advance to see if she can figure out the clues fast enough as part of his game. He also wants her dead. She is very much an amateur still trying to find her feet in the PI world. Thrown in at the deep end with a killer after her.

An interesting read where you were trying to figure out the clues at the same time as Kate. Sharp witty dialogue in places but I did find it a bit long and ended up flicking through a few pages where no dialogue was happening. Interesting to see what other cappers Kate can get herself into, as I’m sure she will find trouble and chaos, sometimes in a funny way, no matter what she does. Actor by day, sleuth PI by night, with a killer on her tail. What could happen next is anyones guess.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Blitz and Author Interview: ‘The Sweetness Run: A Comedy Novel’ by Wendy Donuts

Title: The Sweetness Run Part One

Author: Wendy Donuts

Genre: Comedy

 

About the Book:

The Sweetness Run is the brand new, no holds barred, nonsense comedy from professional class clown Wendys Donuts.

Dip your toes in the pool of ridiculousness.

 

Life can be quite a serious affair.

Getting through it takes a strong will and an unconventional mindset.

Enter Jason. The prototypical man-child.

Mindsets don’t get more unconventional than this.

 

“A deep dive into the mind of an original and colorful character and his struggle to overcome the challenges of life.”

Jason always relies on his quick wits, colorful friends and dumb luck to help him trudge through the trials that life throws his way. But his biggest source of comfort is the hard-fought-for trophy of his league, The Sweetness. Her Majesty The Sweetness is Jason’s shining beacon of warmth and innocence. A source of ever lasting light to guide him through the darkest of times.

When The Sweetness is stolen, Jason will have to summon all of his courage, rally the boys and rescue her Majesty from the clutches a most nefarious foe. They will have to combine their strengths and trust the bonds of their friendship if they are to ever see The Sweetness again. The mission the group undertakes will surely strain their bonds but will eventually bring them closer together in ways they never imagined possible.

 

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

 

Reviews:

“Comedy central in a book, mad funny and unpredictable. Great read.” – Review by Nishant

“An incredibly raunchy comedy that’s a combination of Family Guy, Deadpool and Curb Your Enthusiasm all rolled into one.” – Review by Anthony Avina

A no holds barred laugh riot riot where friendship transcends everything from race to orientation to sporting allegiance.

“The Sweetness Run is an ecstasy for the mind and soul.” – Review by Ranjan Rakesh

“This exhilarating journey has some of the most descriptive and colorful commentary on life and brings both humor and insight into male friendships.” – Review by Anthony Avina

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Growing up I was always inclined more towards science and engineering. In fact I almost failed my English classes a couple of times in high school. Even at college I studied Mechanical Engineering.

But I’ve always been a fan of telling stories and coming up with outlandish jokes to make my friends laugh. It was my love of telling stories that first drew me into writing. It started with me trying to put down some my jokes on paper and the simple act of putting pen to paper led me to further flex my writing muscles.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I don’t really have a favorite time to write. I try to keep Word open at all times and write a little bit at different times of the day. What I’ve learnt is that at some point during the day I’ll catch a wave and end up writing for hours at a stretch.

My favorite places to write have to be busy coffee shops and relaxed bars with busy happy hours. Watching active people converse and interact with each other always helps get my creative juices flowing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas really come from years of talking BS with my close friends. When we were younger, and now, the person with the best jibes always came up on top. This forced us to constantly be creative and taught us to be quick on our feet with a comeback. I still credit my ability to come up with ideas on the constant back and forth my friends and I used to have (and still continue to enjoy).

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I have a rough idea of where the story is going. I know where I want the story to start and where it should come to an end. For me, the fun part about writing is coming up with the journey. Filling in the events and interactions that takes the character from the start to the end is a very engaging and satisfying exercise.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books fall under comedy fiction. Or humor depending on who is doing the classification 🙂

I’ve always been interested in comedy. Stand up specials, comedy fiction, movies, podcasts, etc. You name it I love it. Not only that, I feel that joking around is the glue for a good friendship or relationship in general. If you’re not laughing with each other then what is the point?

My love for comedy and laughter is what kept me going and kept the ideas flowing when I was writing The Sweetness Run.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This has to be one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked.

For The Sweetness Run my dream cast would be:

  • Jason – Kal Penn or Aziz Ansari
  • Arthur – Charlie Day
  • Addison – Jerry Seinfeld
  • The Wizard – DJ Qualls

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I do like to read often. I’ve been trying to cut down on watching TV in my spare time. Reading and going to the gym have been my go to replacements. My favorite authors have to be Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. Their style is something I can always come back to. Other than them I like to continually browse around Amazon for new titles to read on my Kindle.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m currently reading Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen a second time.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite book has to be Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen. It’s the book I read that made my think about writing comedy. It’s also one of the few books that made me genuinely laugh out loud.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

The best advice I can give is to just stick with it and always write a little bit everyday. There will be a lot of days when you doubt yourself and think you can never get it done. Just try to push all those thoughts to the back of your mind, have faith in yourself and write a little. Even if it’s not your best work, put it down on paper. The constant writing will fuel you.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

 The best places to catch up with me are on Instagram and Facebook. I’m also always available via email at wendysdonuts@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wendysdonuts

Twitter: @wendysdonuts

Instagram: www.instagram.com/wendysdonuts

 

About the Author:

Wendys Donuts is not my real name.

After an illustrious career wheeling and dealing in the corporate sector I’ve adopted the alias to keep my whereabouts a secret as I fulfill my destiny of brining raunchy comedy to the world at large.

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Book Review: ‘Snowed In with the Bad Boy’ by Sylvia Pierce

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Title: Snowed In with the Bad Boy

Published: 6th December 2015

Author: Sylvia Pierce

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sylvia-Pierce

Twitter: @xosylviapierce

Synopsis:

“Santa lost my address a long time ago, Cupcake. The only present you’re getting tonight is my face between your thighs.”

Former black ops mercenary Ronan Steel doesn’t do Christmas—not anymore. And he abso-f*ckin-lutely doesn’t do damsels in distress, banging on his door in the middle of a blizzard. Give her a ride? Hell, no. With her big blue eyes, innocent smile, and f*ck-me-senseless elf costume, that girl is nothing but trouble.

Sweet, sexy trouble that leaves him aching for a taste of what’s hidden under those candy-cane-striped tights…

Georgie Taylor will not miss another Taylor family Christmas—not after last year’s disaster, and especially not after shelling out $500 for the perfect elf costume. But a freak storm puts her holiday travel plans on ice, leaving her stranded at the secluded mountain cabin of a cocky, sexy-as-sin recluse who makes Scrooge look like a fuzzy pink teddy bear.

If only his filthy mouth didn’t make her so hot…

As the blizzard rages on, all Ronan wants for Christmas is to f*ck that good-girl smile right off Georgie’s face. And all Georgie wants is to punch Ronan in the snowballs… until he pins her down and gives her a full-blown Christmas miracle right there on the kitchen table…

High in the Colorado Rockies, cabin fever has never been hotter. But when Christmas morning dawns, what does Santa have in store for the naughty bad boy and his nice little elf?

** A sexy, standalone Christmas novella with an HFN and no cliffhanger! **

Review:

When a bout of bad luck turns into something so good! You will want to skid sideways into a snow bank too if it then gets you face to face with Ronan. Smouldering hot doesn’t quite seem to do him justice.

Georgie is on a mission to get home for Christmas to surprise her family and nothing is going to stop her. Not even the hotter then hell man candy that tells her she’s going nowhere but inside his place. Well when you are in an elf costume, cold and wet caught in a snowstorm you do have to sometimes listen to someone else’s advice – even if its something you don’t want to hear.

Georgie expects Ronan to be just as excited about Christmas as she is – cookies and coco please – so she is a little shocked that he isn’t and has no Christmas themed food or drink supplies. Also that he is acting like a complete ass that seems to make fun of her obsession with Christmas. She has gone through a lot in her life with one illness after another so she is not going to take any of his crap, no matter how good looking he is.

Ronan has given up on Christmas, thinking that Santa forgot his address a while ago. After the death of his mother and sister he has hidden away from the world with only his dog Bella for comfort. From the moment he meets Georgie – his cupcake – he gets the feeling that nothing will be the same again. She is so head strong and stubborn that given half the chance she would walk through the snow just to get to her family – something he might want to remember. He wants her right from the start – sexy elf costume will do that – so gives her fare warning that if she starts and then continues to flirt with him it will end in only one way – with her on her back screaming his name.

Georgie is thinking only about living for the moment and while being stuck in a snowstorm she can think of now better way to live for the moment than by taking Ronan for her own. When they come together they are pretty electric. You may need to fan yourself down. You can tell it has been a while for both of them as once they start they can’t seem to get enough of each other. They have one hell of a night together but when tomorrow comes how will they part. From one night together they have saved each other in more ways than one. They have gotten under each other’s skins and it seems like fate put them in each other’s paths. They just have to decide if they want to listen to it or not.

Love this author’s style of writing and even though it is only a short story you get the feeling that you could rejoin them later down the line to see what sexy fun they have gotten up to. Hot hot hot!

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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