For most people working in the family business means suits, power lunches and afternoon meetings. For Wes Darling it was guns, lies, and dead bodies. The Darling Detective Agency has been around since 1876. Now Wes' chain smoking, stressed out mother is grooming Wes to take over. How does he handle his mother's expectations? He heads to Key West, moves onto a sailboat, and takes a job tending bar at a little joint called Dirty Alvin's. Life is carefree until his mother's lover, a man who mentored Wes for years, is murdered a short distance from Dirty Alvin's. Despite his reluctance, Wes is drawn into a tightening web of murder, sex and deceit. First there are his mother's pleas for help. Throw in a six-foot-tall red-headed stripper, a retired mobster who acts like it's the 1940s, a pair of dim-witted hit men, a phobic psychic named Elvis, and a small fortune in stolen diamonds and what do you have? Mayhem in Key West.
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I’ve very middle of the road about this book. One the good side the story is interesting, the characters are great and if found it generally very entertaining. I kept wondering what was going to happen next and how was Wes possibly going to get out of this one. On the other hand the writing, especially the dialog, felt a little stiff (but that may have been from reading of the narrator). The author does a lot of explaining of Wes’ thought process and why (in his mind) he does or doesn’t do things which is nice but maybe trading that out for a little more action in those scenes might have been better. Overall I thought it was pretty good and entertaining and would probably continue with the series for at least one more book especially with the added fun of the story being set in Key West.
Like I said I couldn't tell if it was the dialog or the Narrator which made some parts seem a bit stiff, but overall I think Mr Pierce did a pretty good job for this type of book (Wes is pretty rigid). His voice for Wes' mom did sound like a guy which bothered me a bit (not sure if he was trying to make her sound more like a chain smoker), but the other voices were good.
Did not read the print version
Not one in particular, but the story kept me guessing at what would come next.
The different voices for the characters was quite well done
Key West is not an easy setting to describe, nor is the local "VIBE", but I think that the author did quite well in that respect
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