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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 Blitz: ‘Tales of Adventure With Nap Lapkin’ by Lance Manion

Title: Tales of Adventure With Nap Lapkin

Author: Lance Manion

Genre: Humour

 

 

About the Book:

Finally! All of the stories under one cover. Nap Lapkin, America’s top agent, respected and feared by every agency in Washington, is both a lover and fighter and so much more.

And less.

But mostly more.

There can be no argument that this is the funniest book ever written.

No argument whatsoever.

 

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Purchase Links:

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About the Author:

Lance Manion looks exactly how you want to him to look. Disappointed there isn’t a picture of him looking at you smugly, perhaps wearing a heavy cardigan and clutching a pipe? Life is full of disappointment.

In your head there is a perfect Lance Manion. Where he lives, what his hobbies are, his political or sexual affiliations.

Go with those.

(from Merciful Flush)

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/LanceManionBlog

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Book Review: ‘3 Hour Dad’ by Adam T Hourlution

Title: 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing

Published: June 2018

Author: Adam T Hourlution

 

Blurb:

What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven’t prepared to be a parent, you’ve not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.

Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.

One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be!) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.

This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.

A proportion of sales is donated to a random act of kindness fund. To read more about this please refer to the about me section at the end of the book and help join in the 3hourlution.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A memoir.

Planning for becoming a father is something you usually have a bit of time to get your head around, so 3 hours is pushing it!

Talk about your life changing in the space of a moment. Adam was just having a chilled night in while his girlfriend Lyndsay was at her mums. Pizza, TV catch up and trying to secure the last figurine in his Star Wars collection. Good evening all round, right up to the shock phone call at midnight from his soon to be mother-in-law to say Lyndsay was at the hospital about to give birth in the delivery ward. Talk about getting a shock. Trying to put on clothes and drive to the hospital are challenges number 1 and 2. Challenge number 3 is on its way soon.

Interesting to see things from the guys perspective and how they were all trying to wrap their heads around what was happening. Shock of labour is one thing, then comes the realisation that you are now a family with a new baby that you have nothing for. Crazy shopping spree needed stat!

They do say that it can happen. A hidden pregnancy you only find out about when the little bundle decides to make an appearance. Thought is was a bit funny he called the baby his UCO – unidentified crying object – time to pick out a name.

Witty read that brings to life the situation they all found themselves in – shocked faces all round. You can plan all you like but sometimes things happen all at once, and in this case, in the space of 3 hours. I wonder if the next one will make such a dramatic entrance?

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Author Interview: ‘neXt’ by Lance Manion

About the Book:

A collection of short stories isn’t really a book. It’s more like dozens of ideas that could have been books if they were thought of by someone with a better attention span. To put it another way; if you took an infinite number of Shakespeare’s and put them in front of an infinite number of typewriters with an infinite amount of time they still wouldn’t come up with the complete works of Lance Manion. To put it yet another way; you throw down manure to feed crops. Just imagine this book as manure (not too great a stretch) and your imagination is the crops. If you don’t understand this metaphor then this book probably isn’t for you.

 

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Author Interview:

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

Recently I had a good friend tell me that I had a certain charm about me. That I looked like a movie star. I was fascinated as to what would posses someone to lie like that. Which is why I started writing.

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

Yes. But it never works out that I can write then or there, which makes telling you anything further rather pointless.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve become a big believer in the idea that the brain is nothing more than a conference table where different parts sit down to hash out decisions. The areas that represent social conventions and evolutionary imperatives usually win out but I think a lot of the good ideas come from the arguments made by the fringe motivations.

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?

If I know where a story is going then I usually stop. If I can see it coming then it’s probably boring. Just look at the Bible.

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

Originally they were firmly in the humor category but now not so much. Is there a ‘rambling’ category? I wasn’t so much drawn to it as excluded from other genres that take self-discipline and intellect.

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

Given my last book had upwards of eighty short stories I’d say a cast of thousands.

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

I read a ton. Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse are my favorites.

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

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Figuring by Maria Popova, Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

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

Just write. Don’t listen to other people. Don’t take classes at a junior college. Just write. Nobody will probably read it but if that’s why you’re doing it you’re screwed anyway. Writing is much cheaper than therapy and you’ll learn a lot more about yourself.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LanceManionBlog

Twitter: @LanceManionBlog

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lancemanionblog

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lancemanionblog/lol

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lancemanion

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