"A love for sex and poetry were the only things my daughter got out of college," an elderly lady says. Now, she runs an escort service. One of her girls was murdered last year. Did my daughter have anything to do with it? Scott Kaven, a former Houston homicide detective turned private eye, takes on the case involving a Green Bay, Wisconsin, escort service and its striking owner. With the confidence and experience of a successful cop, a smart ass attitude, and a sharp sense of humor of his own, Kaven gets things done. He gets past the logjam the law enforcement couldn't surmount but he also finds himself on a hit list because of his involvement in the case. Full of action and mystery, this first of a new series is an exciting start for a set of engaging characters.
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"That's why God made little blue pills."
Ex-homicide detective and about to be Private Investigator, Scott Maven, is asked to look into an unsolved murder of an employee of an escort agency. The client is the wealthy mother of the woman, Amber, who owns and runs Lovecraft. With no obvious suspects, and with the prospect of her own death looming, she wants to be sure that her daughter had no hand in the killing.
The narrator of this detective story is understated and pleasant to hear, with a good, even reading and character voicings. Told in the first person, Daniel Dorse takes on the personality of the investigator, the steady narration contrasting with the fast action of the character nicely. The story itself is well written and full of incident. Maven might be a good detective but he is most certainly also one lucky man, surviving numerous attacks unscathed.
Despite being an engaging mystery, however, as the book proceeded I found myself less and less able to buy into it's plausibility and even though the ending was fine it still left me dissatisfied. For this reader/ listener the characters failed to fully come to life even though their descriptions were good.
My thanks to the right's holder of The Lovecraft Murders for gifting me a copy, via Audiobook Boom. This was an enjoyable, gentle listen.
- Norma Miles