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Randall E. Wright

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An entertaining ride with long side trips

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

What did you love best about Mystery Girl?

Mystery Girl is almost stereotypical in its plot. But that's ok because the outlandish characters carry the plot forward. There are a few too many "clever" twists (that the reader sees coming long before the pay happen). But again this isn't a negative because seeing this ensemble of dysfunction deal with new situations is what compels the listener.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Like all convoluted mysteries the ending is a little too clean and tidy. But the narrator even jokes about that so its like the reader is in on the joke.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Luke Daniels does an amazing job capturing these characters and giving them depth and making them come alive in my imagination. But if I had to choose, agoraphobic detective Solar Lanski is a delight. Every time Daniels beings with the rolling deep Central European accent, I could help but smile.

Any additional comments?

This book has a postmodern turn where the characters talk a lot of cinema, novels, art. It really brings a new aspect to the mystery. We are participating in a well worn genre going through familiar troupes while wondering if art has been exhausted. That was just clever.

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Excellent collection of Crime Stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-15

This collection is diverse and entertaining. One might imagine that such a collection could become mired in one note femme fatales, gun molls and innocent ingenues. Instead, this is a collection of clever plots, with a diverse cast of leading ladies that are engaging as they are dangerous.