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Publisher's Summary

A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.

A rich, attractive femme fatale.

A missing husband.

A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

Reed Ferguson's first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed's not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed's computer geek friend, This Doesn't Happen in the Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

©2011 Renee Pawlish (P)2014 Renee Pawlish

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Entertaining book

Would you listen to This Doesn't Happen in the Movies again? Why?

I enjoyed the story very much, but I generally don't listen to books more than once.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was very good. The story flowed so well that I was not in a hurry to know exactly what was going on.

What does Johnny Peppers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Peppers has a great voice and he added accents and pitches which added value to the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There's only one take in reel life.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 06-01-15

Fun Retro Mystery

Very enjoyable listen; light, and entertaining, and just enough mystery to keep you listening. I could almost see Humphrey Bogart in my mind's eye. :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Same noir, new millenia

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was interesting. I definitely got the old school crime feel of the bumbling PI's, those trying to be like Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade, but I couldn't help but feel like something was missing. I can't describe that. It was time well-spent, don't get me wrong, but I think that's more a testament to the narrator rather than the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'm not really sure to be honest. I would try to add more comedy to it, it was described as being a rollicking ride, it really wasn't very rollicking.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Peppers – was your favorite?

The main character of course. Johnny Peppers (I'm sorry, I can't help but think this name was made specifically for this book.) does a great job of getting that old school gumshoe feel down. It did take about 25% of the book, but eventually it settled in and was easy to listen to.

Was This Doesn't Happen in the Movies worth the listening time?

Yes, it wasn't too long, and the story was pretty enjoyable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Raymond Chandler would have liked this book! :)

Would you try another book from Renee Pawlish and/or Johnny Peppers?

Yes. I like detective stories.

If you’ve listened to books by Renee Pawlish before, how does this one compare?

I never listened to her books before. This was the first one.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Peppers – was your favorite?

Amanda! He had her path down. :)

Could you see This Doesn't Happen in the Movies being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think so. Reed Ferguson should be played by Liam Neeson.

Any additional comments?

My Review:<br/>I always loved the old detective film noir. This book has that flavour with a modern twist. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I particularly enjoyed the grand finale which was worthy of a Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep ending.<br/><br/>This was a fun story filled with action and surprising twists. Great book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This is my Kind of Book!

A Bogie book, a Marlow story, and the foibles of a New detective! Reading is great, voices easy to follow. what can I say Noir and funny!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Now-a-day Detective with Noir feel.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. This is the first time reading a Renee Pawlish book and listening to Johnny Peppers. It had a Hollywood Noir feel to it.

Would you recommend This Doesn't Happen in the Movies to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. For people that enjoy detective stories or Noir Hollywood memories. There is a lot of name dropping.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Peppers – was your favorite?

Reed.

Was This Doesn't Happen in the Movies worth the listening time?

Yes. I liked the story. A solid 3 stars.

Any additional comments?

I grabbed this kindle book a year ago. I just recently grabbed the audio version of it. It's a detective story, Reed's first case, set in present day but has a Noir feel to it. Reed is a huge fan to the Hollywood Noir genre and has all kinds of posters in his office. Thee is a lot of name dropping of the actors, actresses, movies, and even popular movies in the 80s. <br/><br/>It a quick and light read and goes very quickly and predictable. This isn't bad thing just knowing it will know what kind of mood to be in when reading it. <br/><br/>Pawlish is a fan of Hardy Boys and this is very evident with this detective story that stars Reed. I felt that it was along that style of a story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 03-29-17

Get ready to giggle/snort!

noir, PI, amateur-sleuth, humor

A fun parody of classic noir well worth reading. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but that can't begin to prepare you for all the laughs both verbal and situational. The characters certainly are, and the plot is not what you think, but it all works.
Johnny Peppers does a great job of keeping himself from laughing out loud during the recording.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This Doesn't Happen...

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This was an ok read.It did follow in the vein of old timey noir.I lost the thread of what it was about somewhere and never did pick it up again.<br/>The narrator,Renee Pawlish,did a fine job."I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."<br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gypsycat
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 04-22-15

uneven but enjoyable "detective noir" PI mystery

This was an uneven mystery. Our protagonist, Reed, is a rich boy with Daddy approval issues and a fanboy devotion to film noir detectives... so he hangs out his PI shingle in Colorado (where PIs don't need a license, conveniently). I wasn't sure how I felt about Reed. He seems earnest but of average talent and intellect. He takes the case of a satisfyingly noir "dame" who we're pretty sure isn't telling us the whole truth. The X Women plot is amusingly contrived - though it falls flat at the end, when the mastermind suddenly chooses to capture the target and spend time doing the typical villian "let me reveal my plan to you at length so that I can be foiled while I am talking" speech instead of efficiently killing and escaping as we have told they have successfully done up to that point. Reed's tech geek/hacker friend Chip is a little too convenient and I was never sure why he helps Reed out at all. I did love the bumbling downstairs brothers Ace & Deuce - and the funny smarter brother (not Trey) Bob.

All in all, I felt like the book had a good idea, and some clever twists, pop culture references, and funny side characters, but the detective noir twists seemed too contrived and the villain just fizzled at the end. It was enjoyable but could be sharpened with more editing or a little more experience at plotting and pacing. I would pick up the next in the series to see how the writer progresses, as there is talent there that is emerging.

Peppers' narration was pretty solid. I'd kind of liked himt o push the "noir" feel a little more but he did a great job with Reed's tale.

NOTE: I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lives up to the title!

Distinctly different from the other detective novels I've read before. Good characters that kept me wanting more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful