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5.0 out of 5 starsI Bought, Read, and Enjoyed the Entire 7 book Series
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2019
I Bought, Read, and Enjoyed the Entire 7 book Series. So that's my praise & disclaimer. I'm going to cut& paste this across all 7 books. Bishop did well. I'm a P.I./Detective fan having read from Raffles to Holmes ( Doyle and not), Raymond Chandler of course, and hundreds if not into thousands of books into present day. So I like and know the genre. It's hard to do a good cellphone & internet period Hard-boiled Noir detective. But Bishop nailed it. All the books are entertaining. The first book ( Who Murdered Garson Talmadge) is good and required for a background and intro to our protagonist Matt Kile and the series. The 4th ( Find My Little Sister) is a rare gem. Not a spoiler, Bishop is totally up front about it so read the intro, but it's a "Protagonist in a coma, has dreams" full on 1930's detective story - an awesome work! And you might even learn something. When you finally get to book 7 ( The Year We Had Murder) which is the last so far of the series and won my award for best in show, Bishop has just outdone himself. A full on modern day Hollywood murder mystery with more curves than the Pacific Coast Highway and sharper twist than Lombard Street. Kindle edition cost for the entire 7 book set at this time is $22 and money well spent.
5.0 out of 5 starsMatthew Kyle is back for another mystery!!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2016
This is just another great mystery by David Bishop, I read the first book Who Murdered Garson Tamlange, and now I'm enjoying the second Matt Kile Mystery, The Original Alibi. Ex-con ex-cop turn Mr. writer and occasional PI, Matthew "Matt" Kyle is back, and he's on his way to another mystery, in this case, that is called the office of the dying general, to solve the murder of his grandson's late fiancé. The grandson had an alibi for the murder, until 11 years later, the murder remains unsolved and general doesn't know if his grandson committed the crime or if the killers out there still. Matthew agrees take the case, one last time before returning to his mystery novels.
I enjoyed the first Matthew Kyle mystery! The characters are so realistic and well-defined, and I also enjoy the casted characters well, Matt, his bodyguard/driver Axel, a ex con, he knew when he was, his elderly nosy neighbor Claire, his former partner and friend, Fridge.
This series makes me think if Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, did something reckless, and right to get justice for the victim, ended up in jail only to be pardoned by the governer of California, and spent his days living in the condo development in Long Beach, penning mystery novels, and occasionally using his private investigators license, and his cop instincts to solve murders and mysteries.
5.0 out of 5 starsA delightful as well as suspenseful new Matt Kile mystery
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2012
It all started when I read Who Murdered Garson Talmadge and fell in love with Matt Kile. Then, I went on to The Third Coincidence and The Blackmail Club. It was goodbye Matt, welcome Jack McCall. I was hoping Matt would forgive me. He did, but he reappeared in my life again in The Original Alibi. I now remember why I had fallen for him the first time. He still talks directly to me, and I respond.
The Original Alibi is yet another wonderful book by David Bishop, in the style of Agatha Christie. Once again, we have a super plot and the introduction of another lovable character, Axel. All this, mixed with a screwball family, makes for a delightful as well as suspenseful reading.
I can't get enough of David Bishop's writing. Read him and get hooked too.
3.0 out of 5 starsGOOD STORY LINE BUT THE ENDING NEEDS REWORK IN A BIG WAY
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book and I would describe it as a gritty noir detective story. As somebody mentioned in another review, it was a "sexist" story. I agree but that is what added to the storyline. That said, the ending was a real disappointment. I like the author's style of writing and it pulled me along nicely. I was stealing time out of my day to get back to the story numerous times. It was that good and I would have given it at least 4 stars (I very seldom ever give a 5 stars) if the ending had been any better. It almost appeared that the author rushed thru the ending to meet a deadline or something. Given some time, I think he could have come up with something much better. There were also some loose ends that didn't get tied up either. It struck me that the story line paralleled another book called, "The Big Sleep". There were a lot of similarities when you think about it. You can see for yourself. Humphrey Bogart (with a cell phone) would have been a natural to play Matt Kile. Maybe thats what kept my interest in the story. Would I recommend this book? For the price you couldn't beat it, but just don't be looking for any smart twists or turns at the end. It all just gets explained away too easily. Too bad because as I said, I really enjoyed most of the book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2016
I had never read anything by David Bishop before. The things I like are a genuine mystery with a good plot, interesting characters, enough action to keep the reader turning the pages. It had enough reality for the imagination to complete the scenes without graphically explicit violence or sex, if that correctly conveys my meaning. Not all readers are so mindless they need everything thrown at them in larger than life, beyond belief, over the top detail. I really appreciate Bishop's ability to achieve this, because apparently it isn't easy since so few attain this level of creativity.
I'm sure enough people have given plot details so I won't go into that here. The main thing I didn't care for was the amount of 40's era tough detective descriptive dialog, I guess is the best comparison. It's an exaggerated description with superfluous details that gets boring with its excess. There was definitely not enough to put me off the book, but reading the excerpt from the first book featuring Matt Kile would probably have kept me from reading further if I had never read anything else he had written. Maybe this appeals more to male readers. I think he was able to get that tendency toned down, which shows growth in a writer. It is not a "cozy" mystery, but I would recommend it to anyone who loves the genre and can appreciate a story without objectionable language, sex or violence.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2016
Here we have a nearly standard American P.I. story. The hero is an ex cop who shot dead a rapist and murderer he had arrested, but who had got been released on a technicality . Having spent 4 years in jail is perhaps his unique selling point. He and his salt of the earth ex-jail buddies are on the case ! Which in this instance has distinct overtones of older, probably superior works. A retired General with a nymphomaniac daughter, wild off the rails grandson, trusted retainer and enigmatic chauffer are hardly original but make the cast of an almost Agatha mystery, complete with a family gathering and the guilty party laid bare. The better than average dialogue and crisp story telling save it from the banal, and there can only be a limited number of ways you can tell a simple murder story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2013
Once again David Bishop comes up trumps.....or should I say Matt Kile comes up trumps!
The tension runs right through the book and you don't have an easy time following Matt Kile around. The story twists and turns and again right until the end you are never sure who is guilty!
I won't spoil the plot for you suffice to say you will love Matt Kile. David Bishop has crated a character of such personality that you feel you are standing beside him witnessing everything he is going through.....and at times wincing or slapping your forehead at some of the things he goes through or does.
Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend you give it a read.
This book is interesting but does not compare with the Third Coincidence, which I felt was a brilliant story that was well balanced and had a characterisation that had the reader glued to the welfare of the characters. Unfortunately the Original Alibi did nothing for me, but I read the whole book and was just a little disappointed with the content and the ending.
What a suprise book, I got it for free and I am so glad I read it. At the begining I thought it was a book for men, as all on it is very manly . But then I understood the character and all got good from there.Mr Kile is as honest as you can get and the story line is very intriguing so what more did I want Oh yes another book I need to get the first one now.