Book Review for NetGalley – A-List by D.P.Lyle

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Product details

  • Format Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions 165.1 x 233.68mm
  • Publication date 12 Dec 2017
  • Publisher Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication City/Country United States
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 1608092704
  • ISBN13 9781608092703

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Nothing is easy in The Big Easy PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole’s uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled–he needs his actor cleared, and quickly. Surrounded by glitzy Hollywood stars and intimidated by seedy underworld characters, Jake and Nicole encounter nothing but obstacles. Something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi dead? Why frame Kirk for the murder? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends and ex-boyfriend, the local homicide detectives, and a fortune-teller. The clock is ticking as Jake and Nicole struggle to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry. Nothing is easy in The Big Easy.

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The reason I picked out this particular book was simple: Hollywood, New Orleans, PIs and… murder. It sounded like a very good and tasty mix for light reading.

And light it was. The narration is light and even. The build up of suspense is very nicely done. Characters are likeable. However, there is no drama and strong emotions between characters. Everybody is very settled in their own lives and skin.

The murder becomes a secondary plot-line very quickly. The story is more about main character and his… reading taste rather than the murder and investigation of such.

Even though I liked the build up of suspence, I got disappointed at the end. Everything gets wrapped up very quickly and very rushly, I think.

The same can be said about introduction of the series, rather the lack of. If you are like me and started from this book, you will get a few unpleasant surprises where you are just dumped into story and are supposed to know what and how happened in the first installment.

All in all, A-List is a good light read for a train ride or beach. I would recommend it to those who like mystery without any gore or complex investigations. I would read the first book in the series… if I have time.


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