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A man is found dead with a bullet hole in his chest, and private detective Brett Cornell is the number one suspect. It might have something to do with the fact that there were witnesses who had seen him punching the guy around only a few days earlier. Or - more likely - it might be because the police have discovered that the fatal bullet had been fired from his gun!

In the second novel of this detective series set in the late 1980s, self-proclaimed unscrupulous bastard Brett Cornell has to figure out who's trying to set him up: Could it be his lovely but meek new client? Or perhaps her equally lovely but far-from-meek roommate? Or might it actually be the beautiful and dynamic aerobics instructor he's recently taken up with?

In the meantime, Brett's legendary, Adonis-like features get severely damaged when he ends up catching the beating of his life - emotionally as well as physically - before he finally nails the identity of the real killer!

©2012 David Dennis D'Aguanno (P)2017 David Dennis D'Aguanno

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Nothing beats Brett.

It's impossible not to love this book, in fact it's impossible not to love the whole series!
My only warning is that if you got a broken rib and don't want a world of pain then you should wait because even without a broken rib there will be some pain involved with so much laughter.
All I can say is that this is not your usual book, there was a lot of thinking done in writing those great books.
I'm totally in love with this series, there is no equal for Brett and probably will never be !!!
Absolutely recommended !

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Brett strike again!

This story is hilarious. The author has a special humorous. The main character, Brett, is a real specimen (womanizer, jerk…). Honestly, Brett's attitude is too gross to be mad about him! The narration is great. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Perfect narrator and a great story.

What made the experience of listening to Brett Aerobicizes the most enjoyable?

The narrator's characterization of the main character was spot on and the story was compelling and fast paced.

What other book might you compare Brett Aerobicizes to and why?

The Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods. Life just happens to Brett and he also has no luck with the ladies.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the ending, which I won't spoil. Brett's banter with the lieutenant is a close second. He's so arrogant in situations he doesn't control, it's funny.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh. I didn't cry.

Any additional comments?

Travis Henry Carter is now Brett to me. D’Aguanno followed some unexpected patterns and the dialogue is top notch. There’s a chemistry between Brett and the characters in the world not as apparent in the previous book. He still has disdain for some people and attraction to others but his interaction with Marilyn at the start of the novel is a good example. He notices everything about her. Of course, she’s attractive so he would but there’s almost a romance to his appreciation of her as a sexual object. These are the times when you can be sure that Brett has a soul. More than the first novel, Brett notices everything and his observations are frequently downright hilarious.

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The unscrupulous bastard strikes again!

This is the 2nd book into the Brett Cornell Mysteries and if you enjoyed the 1st one, you should enjoy this one just as much! It had a few reoccurring characters from the first book and more suprises and twists!

Travis Henry Carter is such a perfect narrator for this series and I feel like he really makes the character come to life.

I know that there will be some people who will be turned off by Bretts demeanour and how he goes about treating women. I see the story almost as if I'm at a bar and some guy thinks he's a hotshot and is telling me his story. that guy would be Brett and I would just think he's full of himself and to not take him so seriously. I don't in anyway think the author is like the character he writes.

Brett Aerobicizes is a funny mystery book and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

I was given this Audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 12-29-17

A Male-Centric Mystery

3.5 out of 5 stars

It's hard not to see Guy Fieri on the cover of this book, but I think that Brett is a much different character than him. Looking past the looks (though Brett talks about his looks continuously throughout this book). Brett is a self-described "unscrupulous" male who has an above average sex drive among other things.

I would warn you away from this if you don't like sexist remarks towards women -- there are a lot of them (even if made in a joking way).  And Brett himself could be offensive to... most of the women that I know.  I think that he is written for a very specific inner male voice (and sometimes outer depending on the guy).

Looking past the sexual remarks and the personality issues that I had with Brett -- this story was better than I expected.  I wasn't sure what I was getting into especially when the first hour was basically about his sexual prowess.   After we moved past that, the story took a turn for the good.  It got interesting and actually pulled me in.  The "whodunit" aspect of a book about a private eye always intrigues me and this book had a good amount of it.

The narration was done by Travis Henry Carter -- who did it in what I would call a Boston accent.  It seemed to match Brett's personality, though not the place that he resides and works.  I don't know if this was covered in book one, but if it was that would make more sense to me.  His narration was good though and his female voices were much better than most male narrators can pull off.

Overall, a book with a few flaws in it but something that I did enjoy reading.  Something that was a little out of my wheelhouse with books and I'm glad I took a step out to enjoy it.

I was voluntarily provided with a copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way.

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Another funny mystery!

Brett is an egotistical jerk! So much so that it’s funny! Since the story takes place in the 80s, it’s much easier to laugh at this and appreciate how much we have evolved as a society.

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Brett unleashed!

Brett certainly gets a LOT of exercise in this one, but none of it is in an aerobics class. He's also particularly ruthless and nasty in this one; even surprised me a couple times. I was begging for a moment of tenderness at one point, but through and through, Brett is the perfect characterization of a sociopath. All this said, you'll still embrace him in the face of the bad-guy cops; or at least root for him to emerge the number 1 unscrupulous bastard. All in all, nother great book in the series! Well done!

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Womanizing, egotist detective story

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This mystery is a comedy. The dialog is actually hysterical when its not insulting. The main character's demeanor and comments are totally insulting to women and go way too far. The funny part is that the detective is reminiscent of Muggs Maloney of the old East Side Kids movies. I wish the author toned down the sex and the womanizing and concentrated more on the mystery and intrigue aspect.

Which character – as performed by Travis Henry Carter – was your favorite?

I thought the narrator was fabulous, he brought the character to life!

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an 'unscrupulous bastard'

Brett is a PI...a very self-absorbed guy...but hilarious AF!! Brett is investigating a threatening note to his new client, Marilyn...twist is that she is engaged to an arch-nemesis (a cop). We follow the self-proclaimed 'unscrupulous bastard' as he solves the case, while trying to ditch his live-in gf. This book was so chocked full of humor, that I was laughing like a loon on my daily commute. If you enjoy light-hearted, witty banter, then this book is for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Brett Aerobicizes

This book just was not my cup of tea. I did not care for the main character at all and that made it difficult for me to listen for any length of time.

Don’t get me wrong, the author did a nice job, and I thought the narrator gave a solid performance. I just don’t think I was the right audience for this story or the series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • ZOE R
  • 05-27-18

Book 2


The cocky bastard and private detective Brett Cornell is back in 2nd book in this series. it is a mixture of humor and mystery/ thriller

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  • 08-24-18

I just want to smack him!

This is the second book starring the unscrupulous bastard and P.I Brett Cornell

Once again Brett's ego gets him into a whole lot of trouble. In this book Brett Cornell is involved with a love triangle and a police investigation where he is the prime suspect. The police tell Brett it is a bullet from his gun that has killed the guy that Brett had a fight with a few days earlier. Brett's job is to figure out who killed the guy.Obviously he is being framed, but by who? It is a suprise when he/we find out who it is.

Brett as always is so full of himself no-one else really matters, he plays his women off against each other, treats them abysmally and they still come back for more.
Very enjoyable read and Travis Henry Carter is fantastic.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-29-18

It's great bein' me, ain't it?

Still dreaming of retiring in four years time with loads of money and even more women to perform his every request, the self proclaimed unscrupulous bastard and P.I., Brett Cornell has a new client, Marilyn, the fiance, no less, of his arch enemy, the pugnacious policeman, Ralph. She is very attractive and, she tells him, still a virgin. Definitely seen as an open challenge by Brett. Even better, she also has a gorgeous room mate, Ginger.

All goes very well for Brett ("if you catch my drift") until he first gets badly beaten and loses part of his ear, then becomes prime suspect in a murder.
Told from the point of view of Brett himself, the antics of this self absorbed, egotistical, rude, crude, insensitive, narsasistic brute of a man may not be politically correct but sure is very funny. And he is perfectly captured in the narration of Travis Henry Carter as he reads with understanding and emotion and great intonation and pauses. His voicings of the other characters is also superb, especially those of the several women in the tale: he has a full cast seemingly at his disposal. A remarkable performance.

This is not a book for the easily offended: Brett really is a disgusting example of manhood. But for sometimes laugh out loud antics of this sex crazed moustachioed 'hero', this book cannot be beaten..